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Mýrdalssandur

Mýrdalssandur, the vast desert east of the glacier, is the outwash plain where glacial outburst flooding has continued to pummel the landscape. It is believed to have once been a fertile farming community that was entirely destroyed by repeated glacial flooding through the centuries. In each glacial outburst, more and more sediment gathers in the area. Given the eruption average of around 50-60 years, the sand has ample oppurtunity to grow. Many are of the oppinion that Katla is long overdue to erupt, giving the Mýrdalssandur plain a (possible) chance to grow even further in the near future.

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Mýrdalssandur
GPS Points N60° 11' 54.335" W28° 0' 57.426"
Postal code

871

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