The Glaciers of Iceland: A Historical, Cultural and Scientific Overview

Framhliš kįpu
Springer, 4. okt. 2016 - 613 sķšur
This book is the first comprehensive overview and evaluation of the origins, history and current size and condition of all of Iceland's major glaciers (including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe) at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is not only illustrated with many beautiful photographs and graphs of recent statistics and scientific data, but is also a collection of historical writings and drawings from annals, sagas, folk tales, diaries, reports, stories and poems, as it presents a unique approach to the study of glaciers on an island in the North Atlantic. Balancing and comparing the world of man with the world of nature, the perceptions of art and culture with the systematic and pragmatic analyses of science, The Glaciers of Iceland present a wide spectrum of readers with a new and stimulating view of the origins, development and possible future of these massive natural phenomena, as well as the study and role of glaciology, within specific time lines and geographical locations. Icelandic glaciers the author argues could prove essential for understanding the current unsettling progress of global warming. The glaciers of Iceland, therefore, aims at presenting to a wide readership an original, historical, cultural and scientific overview of these geophysical features in Iceland while also suggesting increasingly important lessons and models for man's future interaction with the world's glaciers as a whole.
 

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1 Origins and Nature of Glaciers
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2 Reading the Landscape
38
3 Iceland
103
4 History of Glaciology in Iceland
128
The Glaciers of Iceland
208
5 Glaciers of Southern Iceland
209
6 Glaciers of the Central Highlands
275
7 Glaciers of Northern and Western Iceland
337
Surface Area km2 of Individual Outlet Glaciers of Vatnajökull Langjökull Hofsjökull and Mżrdalsjökull
588
ComputerGenerated Image of Subglacial Base of Vatnajökull
591
Katla Jökulhlaups since Settlement of Iceland
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ComputerGenerated Image of Subglacial Base of Mżrdalsjökull
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Jökulhlaups from EystriSkaftįrketill ice cauldron Vatnajökull
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Jökulhlaups from VestariSkaftįrketill Ice Cauldron Vatnajökull
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ComputerGenerated Image of Subglacial Base of Langjökull
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ComputerGenerated Image of Subglacial Base of Hofsjökull
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8 Vatnajökull and Glaciers of Eastern Iceland
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Overview of the History of Glaciers and Glaciology in Iceland
575
Surface Areas and Volumes of Several Glaciers Until the Year 2000 See Appendix C for 2014 Figures
585
Surface Areas of Glaciers According to Land Maps Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images Until 2014
587
Recorded Volcanic Eruptions Beneath Vatnajökull
598
Grķmsvötn Surface Area and Volume of Grķmsvötn and Grķmsvötn jökulhlaups Thickness of Grķmsvötn Ice Cover Water Levels Before and After Ou...
601
Afterword
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