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Gullfoss

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In south Iceland, about a 90 minute drive from Reykjavik, a magical waterfall can be found.
Its name is Gullfoss, also known as the Golden waterfall. The name comes from the myriad of sediments and glacial ice that give it a golden hue. The mighty river Hvítá flows from Langjökull glacier and has a drop of 32 metres where Gullfoss is located. But how did this fierce waterfall come to exist? It was the powerful glacial floods that eroded chunks of Earth, giving birth to the gorge where Gullfoss lies today. The water flow of Gullfoss is known to reach 2000 m3/s. That means that it can fill almost 50 Olympic swimming pools in one minute. However, that same power almost turned it into a hydroelectric power project in the early 20th century. Eventually, Gullfoss was conserved, and has been a nature reserve since 1979.

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