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October 16, 2011

Kötlujökull Retreat and Glacier Outburst floods

Kötlujökull drains the southeast corner of the Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap. This ice cap is centered around the Katla volcano, a subglacical volcano. The glacier descends from 1200 meters to 200 meters. This glacier advanced during the 1980’s creating a push moraine at the front (Kruger et al, 2002). In the 1990’s the glacier began to retreat. Kruger et al (2002) noted that during the 1990’s at the glacier front a …