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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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