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Jun 19 / Dave Schumaker

Mapping Jokulhlaups

Jokulhlaups are floods that are the result of a sudden outburst of water, ice and sediment from a glacier. These are traditionally very hard to predict and analyze, however a team at the University of Leeds has developed new models to predict what happens during and after a jokulhlaup in terms of landform changes. The article is unfortunately light on details, but it interesting nonetheless.
Their research will be tested this coming summer when they go to New Zealand in order to examine any jokulhlaups that are created when snow melts from Mount Ruapehu.

Here are two photos on Flickr that show the damage a jokulhlaup in Iceland caused in 1996 as a 10km wide swath of water swept down a valley.

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