Iceland - Modern Processes and Past Environments

Iceland - Modern Processes and Past Environments

1st Edition - April 28, 2005

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  • Editors: C. Caseldine, A. Russell, J. Hardardóttir, O. Knudsen
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444506528
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080534398

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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.

Key Features

* 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


Senior undergraduate/postgraduate/research level across a range disciplines - geology, physical geography, geosciences, palaeoecology, meteorology, pedology, hydrology, oceanography and archaeology

Table of Contents

  • Preface.
    1. Iceland. modern processes, past environments: an /inca/publications/misc/705143contentslist.pdfintroduction (C. Caseldine et al.).
    2. Late Quaternary marine sediment studies of the Icelandic shelf-palaeoceanography, land/ice sheet/ocean interactions and deglaciation: a review (J.T. Andrews).
    3. Relative sea level change in Iceland: new aspects of the Weichselian deglaciation of Iceland (H. Norddahl and H. Pétursson).
    4. Recent developments in oceanographic research in Icelandic waters (S. Jónsson, H. Valdimarsson).
    5. The glacier-marginal landsystems of Iceland (D.J.A. Evans).
    6. Subglacial volcanic activity in Iceland (M.T. Gudmundsson).
    7. Icelandic jökulhlaup impacts (A.J. Russell et al.).
    8. Environmental and climatic effects from atmospheric SO2 mass-loading
    by Icelandic flood lava eruptions (P. Pórdarson).
    9. Holocene glacier history (M. Wastl, J. Stötter).
    10. Variations of termini of glaciers in Iceland in recent centuries and their
    connection with climate (O. Sigurdsson).
    11. Local knowledge and travellers' tales: a selection of climatic observations
    in Iceland (A. Ogilvie).
    12. Chemical weathering, chemical denudation and the CO2 budget for
    Iceland (S.R. Gíslason).
    13. Icelandic soils (O. Arnalds).
    14. The Holocene vegetation history of Iceland, state-of-the-art and future
    research (M. Hallsdóttir, C. Caseldine).

Product details

  • No. of pages: 420
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2005
  • Published: April 28, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444506528
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080534398

About the Editors

C. Caseldine

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, University of Exeter, UK

A. Russell

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Earth Sciences and Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

J. Hardardóttir

Affiliations and Expertise

Orkustofnun Hydrological Services, Reykjavik, Iceland

O. Knudsen

Affiliations and Expertise

Jardfraedistofan ehf., Reykjavik, Iceland

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