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A Geologic Tour of Iceland

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, December 6, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV097
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Materials for this program

  1. Handout

Three typical Icelandic landscapes (Photo collage: Fran Cano Cabal)

Explore spectacular scenery and a geologic overview of Iceland with a virtual field trip led by volcanologist Kirt Kempter, who has led more than 30 tours to the country for the Smithsonian since his first visit in 1995.

Geologic highlights include the boundary between North American and Eurasian plates; unusual volcanoes that form beneath vast glaciers; famous volcanic eruptions including those of the small island Heimey in 1973 and ice-capped Eyjafjallajökul in 2010; and older historic eruptions that impacted global climate and human populations. 

Kempter’s presentation employs maps, photographs, diagrams, and Google Earth images to spotlight the key geologic features that make Iceland a bucket-list destination for all geologists.

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