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Iceland. Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features. Edition No. 1. Geophysical Monograph Series

  • ID: 5226743
  • Book
  • July 2020
  • Region: Iceland
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Explore the dramatic forces that have shaped the Icelandic landscape over 30 million years

Iceland’s formation and ongoing evolution offers a masterclass in geophysical processes. Iceland: Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features presents a regional guide to the landscape of this unique island.

Accessible to academics, students, novice geologists, and tourists alike, chapters reflect the most popular way to explore the island, beginning in the southwest region and ending in the northwest.  

Volume highlights include:

  • An overview of Iceland’s geologic history
  • Exploration of the dynamic tectonic setting that has shaped the island
  • Descriptions of landscape features of active and extinct volcanoes
  • Discussion of the impact of glaciation in the past and present
  • Techniques for monitoring geologic hazards
  • Developments in harnessing geothermal energy

The American Geophysical Union promotes discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Its publications disseminate scientific knowledge and provide resources for researchers, students, and professionals.

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Preface ix

Introduction 1

1. The Geologic Framework of Iceland 3

Part I Tectonics 5

2. Overview of Tectonics in Iceland 7

3. Tectonics of the Reykjanes Peninsula and Southwestern Region 15

4. Tectonics of the South and Southeastern Regions 27

5. Tectonics of the Northeastern Region 31

6. Tectonics of the Western Region 39

Part II Volcanics 43

7. Overview of Volcanics in Iceland 45

8. Volcanics of the Reykjanes Peninsula and Southwestern Region 61

9. Volcanics of the South and Southeastern Regions 65

10. Volcanics of the North and Northeastern Regions 87

11. Volcanics of the Western Region 107

Part III Glacial Features 115

12. Overview of Glacial Features in Iceland 117

13. Glacial Features of the Reykjanes Peninsula and Southwestern Region 137

14. Glacial Features of the South and Southeastern Regions 145

15. Glacial Features of the Northern and Western Regions 159

Glossary 173

References 177

Index 199

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Tamie J. Jovanelly
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