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Holuhraun Lava and Craters Named before Summer

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Holuhraun Lava and Craters Named before Summer

A helicopter above the Baugur crater in Holuhraun.

Baugur crater. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The district council of Skútustaðahreppur by Lake Mývatn, which is responsible for naming the new natural phenomena created in the Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands, is planning to do so before the official first day of summer, April 23.

The new lava field must be named, along with one big and some smaller craters, and possibly a new lake which may appear at spring thaw. Holuhraun is the name of an already existing lava field, which is now completely covered by the new lava, while the craters have been called Baugur, Norðri and Suðri.

The council’s chair, Yngvi Ragnar Kristjánsson, told Vísir that there is no reason for waiting with the naming; the council’s first meeting to start the procedure was scheduled yesterday evening. He added that they may be open towards suggestions from others.

According to a new law on place names, it is the responsibility of the municipality within which borders a new natural phenomenon appears to name it.

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