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Canyon floor of Eldgjá
Highest point
Elevation varies: canyon to 800 metres (2,625 ft)
Listing List of volcanoes in Iceland
Coordinates 63°58′00″N 18°36′33″W / 63.96667°N 18.60917°W / 63.96667; -18.60917Coordinates: 63°58′00″N 18°36′33″W / 63.96667°N 18.60917°W / 63.96667; -18.60917
Eldgjá is located in Iceland
Location in Iceland
Location Iceland
Mountain type Fissure vents of Katla
Last eruption 934

Eldgjá (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈɛltcau] (About this sound listen), "fire canyon") is a volcano and a canyon in Iceland. Eldgjá and the Katla volcano are part of the same volcanic system in the south of the country.

Situated between Landmannalaugar and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, approx. 40 km long, 270 m deep and 600 m wide at its greatest. It was discovered by Þorvaldur Thoroddsen in 1893. The first documented eruption in 934 (or 939) [1][better source needed] was the largest flood basalt in historic time. The areal extent of the lava is around 800 km2.[2] An estimated 18 km3 of magma poured out of the earth.[3]

There is a waterfall named Ófærufoss within the canyon. A natural bridge across the waterfall vanished in 1993 due to excess water from melting ice.

The northern part of Eldgjá, including Ófærufoss, and surrounding areas, have been a part of Vatnajökull National Park since 2011.[4]

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  1. ^ Albert Zijlstra (29 September 2016). "Eldgja: Eruption dating". Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Árni Hjartarson 2011. Víðáttumestu hraun Íslands. (The Largest Lavas of Iceland). Náttúrufræðingurinn 81, 37-49.
  3. ^ "Katla: Eruptive History". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. 
  4. ^ "Ósnortin víðerni og einstakar jarðmyndanir" (in Icelandic). Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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