Here is the artifical lake of the former Bjarnarflag diatomite plant, a few kilometers east of Mývatn lake, along the road 1 to the Námafjall mountain. Diatomite is filtered from diatomaceous earth found on the bottom of Mývatn lake. It is used in particular to build dynamite. A lot of energy is needed to produce diatomite, so it makes it a hardly profit-making activity. But the cheap geothermal energy in the Mývatn lake area made it possible here. The plant was opened in 1967 and employed about 50 persons. But it closed in 2004, mainly because of its impact on environment. What remains today is this incredible blue lake that was used to dump the hot high pressure water used by the plant. From what I understood the plant itself is used as a power plant today.
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mesutilgim (97248) 2014-01-15 12:32
Not only the photographic value but also the informative side of this entry is perfect.
Learning the World thorough photography !
TFS and best regards
rbassin (24279) 2014-01-15 13:11
j'aime bien cette photo, elle est bien composée avec la barrière, le lac et les nuages, créant une belle profondeur.Un sujet intéressant.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-01-16 1:56
This is a well structured image with the distorted railing in the foreground, the beautiful blue of the lake,the rising clouds of steam and the mountain in the background. An excellent note to accompany the image. ( I am sure that I passed here but I must have had my eyes closed to miss a photo opportunity like this)
- Copyright: Olivier THIERRY (chawax) (20760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 DC Macro
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland / Islande 2013
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-15 12:23