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Dettifoss and Mudpots

Next we traveled across the desert to see the amazing waterfall called Dettifoss. Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. It sits between the shattered cliffs of Jökulsá canyon and falls more than 45 meters. Do you know how many feet that is? It was beautiful.

Next we traveled to a very smelly place called Hverir, Námafjall. Here we found mudpots of all shapes and sizes. And boy did it smell! Mudpots form in high-temperature geothermal areas where water is in short supply. The little water that is available rises to the surface at a spot where the soil is rich in volcanic ash, clay and other fine particulates. The mud takes the form of a viscous, often bubbling, slurry. As the boiling mud is often squirted over the brims of the mudpot, a sort of mini-volcano of mud starts to build up, sometimes reaching heights of 3–5 feet.

Mudpot Video

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