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Jökulsárlón is the best known and the largest of a number of glacial lakes in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull between Skaftafell National Park and Höfn.

Appearing first only in 1934-1935, the lake grew from 7.9 km² in 1975 to at least 18 km² today because of heavy melting of the Icelandic glaciers. Approaching a depth of 200 m, Jökulsárlón is now probably the second deepest lake in Iceland.

A number of films have had scenes shot at Jökulsárlón, including Beowulf and Grendel, Tomb Raider, Die Another Day (James Bond), Batman Begins and A View to a Kill (James Bond).

Read more about the Jokulsarlon here.

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A: Ice Lagoon, Iceland

by Andrew Bodrov, 240 meters away

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Ice Lagoon, Iceland

B: 140129 Jokulsarlon Icebergs 001

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 580 meters away

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C: Jokulsarlon, Glacial Lagoon

by Marek Koszorek, 900 meters away

Jokulsarlon, Glacial Lagoon

D: 140129 Jokulsarlon Icebergs 002

by Louis-Alexis Fontaine, 960 meters away

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140129 Jokulsarlon Icebergs 002

E: Jokulsarlon, Ice Lagoon

by Marek Koszorek, 1.1 km away

Jokulsarlon, Ice Lagoon

F: Ice lagoon

by Karel Gillissen, 2.8 km away

Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Ice lagoon

G: Kviárjökull glacier margin 2007

by Nicholas Midgley, 16.7 km away

Kviárjökull glacier margin 2007

H: West of Hvannadalshnjúkur

by Christian Obel, 27.7 km away

West of Hvannadalshnjúkur

I: Turf church Hofskirkja (Iceland)

by Jürgen Matern, 29.3 km away

The church was built in 1884, and was the last turf church built in the old style. It is one of six c...

Turf church Hofskirkja (Iceland)

J: The Svínafellsjökull glacier

by Karel Gillissen, 32.7 km away

The Svínafellsjökull glacier at the Vatnajökull National Park.This is a small but dangerous glacier w...

The Svínafellsjökull glacier

This panorama was taken in Iceland, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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