Atlantis Advances in Quaternary Science

The Glaciers of Iceland

A Historical, Cultural and Scientific Overview

Authors: Björnsson, Helgi

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  • The only book providing a comprehensive systematic account of all main glaciers of IcelandThe first book integrating the story of active glaciers with the life of Icelanders, their history language and culture
  • The book explains how research into the glaciers of Iceland may be used as a model for studies on the response of glaciers to climate changeThe book contains a large collection of illustrations and data
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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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Origins and Nature of Glaciers

    Pages 3-37

    Björnsson, Helgi

  • Reading the Landscape

    Pages 39-101

    Björnsson, Helgi

  • Iceland

    Pages 103-127

    Björnsson, Helgi

  • History of Glaciology in Iceland

    Pages 129-207

    Björnsson, Helgi

  • Glaciers of Southern Iceland

    Pages 211-273

    Björnsson, Helgi

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Glaciers of Iceland
Book Subtitle
A Historical, Cultural and Scientific Overview
Authors
Translated by
D'Arcy, J.M.
Series Title
Atlantis Advances in Quaternary Science
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Atlantis Press
Copyright Holder
Atlantis Press and the author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-6239-207-6
DOI
10.2991/978-94-6239-207-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-6239-206-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 613
Number of Illustrations
75 b/w illustrations, 305 illustrations in colour
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