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Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Travel in Iceland. Pronunciation. The geology of Iceland.
Introduction: Geological setting: a global perspective; Geological framework; Volcanism; Tertiary, Quaternary, Holocene. The southwest: General overview; Greater Reykjavik; Reykjanes-Grindavik-Kleifarvatn. The south: General overview; THingvellir-Geysir-Gullfoss; Hreppar-THjorsardalur-Hekla. Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands): General overview; Heimaey; The 1963-7 Surtsey eruption. The central south: General overview; Eyjafjallajoekull and Myrdalur; The Fire Districts. The southeast and east: General overview; Sudursveit-Lon-Alftafjoerdu; The eastern fjords. The northeast: General overview: Joekulsa-Tjoernes; Krafla-Myvatn. The north and northwest: General overview; Fnjoskadalur to Skagi. The west: Snaefellsnes-Borgarfjoerdur - volcanic zones and rift jumps. The Highlands: General considerations; Askja-Kverkfjoell; Landmannalaugar-Veidivoetn. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. GPS coordinates.

About the Author

Thor Thordarson obtained his PhD at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is now at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland having worked previously at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, CSIRO in Western Australia, the IGNS Volcanology Group in New Zealand, and the Nordic Volcanological Institute, Reykjavik. Armann Hoeskuldsson gained his PhD at l'Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand. He is now with the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland and was previously the Director of the South Iceland Institute of Natural History in Vestmannaeyjar.


'This is a lovely pocket-sized guidebook with a wealth of geological detail on places to visit in Iceland and with clear information on specific sites and places of interest along the way. It would be a welcome and affordable addition to anyone's bookshelf.'
The Open University Geological Society Journal.'the book is highly recommended for geo-tourists visiting Iceland, both for individual travellers and for those participating in organized tours. As noted on the back cover of the book, it is 'a concise and authoritative field guide to an exceptional natural laboratory'. The book is essential for planning trips and during geoscience travels in Iceland. It can be used by students, amateurs and professional geologists, as well as by others interested in natural history.' Boreas

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