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Iceland - Modern Processes and Past Environments, Vol 5. Developments in Quaternary Science

  • ID: 1766324
  • Book
  • April 2005
  • Region: Iceland
  • 420 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
Iceland provides an unique stage on which to study the natural environment, both past and present, and it is understanding both aspects of reconstructing the past and observing and interpreting the present that form the focus of the contributions to this volume.

The papers are all written by active researchers and incorporate both reviews and new data. Although concentrating largely on the recent Quaternary timescale a wide range of topics is explored including subglacial volcanism, onshore and offshore evidence for the Last Glacial Maximum and subsequent deglaciation, current glacial characteristics including jökulhlaups and glacial landsystems, soil development, Holocene ecosystem change, current oceanography, impacts of volcanic sulphur loading, chemical weathering and the CO2 budget and documentary evidence for historical climate.

The key element of the volume is that for the first time it provides a wide overview of a range of topics for which Iceland provides an almost unparalleled laboratory emphasizing the importance of research on this small island for studies over a much broader global scale. These reviews point the way to future research directions and are supplemented by extensive illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography.

* Wide range of related topics covered both from a present day and quaternary perspective
* Reviews from scientists active in each research area across a range of subjects providing both overviews and new data supplemented by an extensive bibliography
* Extensive illustrations and examples from the field

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1. Iceland. modern processes, past environments: an introduction.
2. Late Quaternary marine sediment studies of the Icelandic shelf-palaeoceanography, land/ice sheet/ocean interactions and deglaciation: a review.
3. Relative sea level change in Iceland: new aspects of the Weichselian deglaciation of Iceland.
4. Recent developments in oceanographic research in Icelandic waters.
5. The glacier-marginal landsystems of Iceland.
6. Subglacial volcanic activity in Iceland.
7. Icelandic jökulhlaup impacts.
8. Environmental and climatic effects from atmospheric SO2 mass-loading
by Icelandic flood lava eruptions.
9. Holocene glacier history.
10. Variations of termini of glaciers in Iceland in recent centuries and their connection with climate.
11. Local knowledge and travellers' tales: a selection of climatic observations
in Iceland.
12. Chemical weathering, chemical denudation and the CO2 budget for
13. Icelandic soils.
14. The Holocene vegetation history of Iceland, state-of-the-art and future research.
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Caseldine, C.
Russell, A.
Hardardóttir, J.
Knudsen, O.
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