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Detail of the thjórsÁ river

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This image is a detail of the thjórsÁ river, Iceland Latitude / Longtitude:(63° 57’N, 20°33’W).

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The ThjórsÁ River, the longest river in Iceland, travels 143 miles (230 km) through terrain covered with lava. The river carries a good deal of organic and mineral refuse to the ocean, lending the ThjórsÁ its characteristic color. The island is covered with a vast network of unnavigable rivers, most of which derive from subglacial torrents, whose variable, tortuous routes make the construction of bridges and dams difficult. However, hydroelectric energy makes it possible to satisfy more than 80 percent of the country’s electricity needs, and its capabilities remain considerable, because only onefourth of the hydroelectric potential is being exploited. Iceland is also planning to use its sources of renewable energy (hydroelectric and geothermal) to produce hydrogen, having made the pioneering decision to convert its entire economy to this new, nonpolluting fuel by the year 2040.

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