Iceland's Dettifoss Waterfall

July 09, 2014

Kupersmith Dettifoss

Photographer: John Kupersmith; John's Web site
Summary Authors:  John Kupersmith; Jackie Phillips

The photo above shows snow along the east bank of the Iceland’s Dettifoss waterfall. Patterns in the snow are made as it melts and exposes layers of windblown volcanic sand. Dettifoss is the highest volume waterfall in Europe. It transports on average 6,816 cu ft (193 cu m) of water per second. During peak floods, discharge can reach as high as 21,000 cu ft (600 cu m) per second.

Note that Dettifoss is featured in the first scene of the Ridley Scott movie Prometheus. Filming took place on the rocks along the west bank of the falls, seen on the far side of the photo. Photo taken on May 13, 2014.

Photo details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: DSC-RX10; Lens: 8.8-73.3 mm f/2.8; Focal Length: 10.49mm (35mm equivalent: 29mm); Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0010 s (1/1000); ISO equiv: 125; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Macintosh).