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Hraunfossar - water from lava

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Hidden : 08/05/2009
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Hraunfossar is an intriguing series of springs of clear water that emerge from under the edge of the lava field Hallmundarhraun and flow into the river Hvítá.

Along the northern bank of the Hvítá river gorge springwater flows from under the lava for about 1 km, cascading in numerous waterfalls between rocks and trees into the river. A beautiful and unusual sight. The name hraun comes from the Icelandic word for lava. The Hallmundarhraun-lava area comes from a volcano east of the Eiriksjökull glacier, on the NW edge of Langjökull. The lava-field is about 70 km long. This special lava-field consists of hardened once thin-floating basaltic magma filled with gas. Surface water and melting water from the glaciers runs between the lava layers and emerges to form the Hraunfossar falls. Upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafossar. Read the infosign about a special story. The average flow-rate is 80 cubicmeter per second, but in flood it has reached up to 500 m³/s; when this happens the river breaks out of the narrow channel and floods over the sorrounding area. Please stay on public pathes.

To log this cache, please send the answers of the following questions per Email. DO NOT use the Message-Center! I would be happy, if you post a photo from you, your gps and the waterfalls.
1.) Read the infosign. How many springs are mentioned to flow into the river from Hraunfossar? (answers which contains number "100" are not correct)
2.) The infosign tells you, when Hallmundarhraun was formed. When ?
3.) What does the name "Barnafossar" mean ?
4.) There is a memorial tablet at N 64° 42.118 W 20° 58.487. Name the two years that are mentioned.
Logs without correct answers-mails will be deleted (I don´t accept Message-Center-Ansers!!). You don´t have to wait for permission. I´ll contact you, if there is a problem.

Don´t post the answers in your log.

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