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Geology of East Iceland taught with the story of Dvergasteinn in Seyðisfjörður

"Science is the art of telling true stories. Of course, the truth in the stories of science is not an absolute truth. It is subject to change as new evidence comes into play. So all we can do is try to stay at the level of the state-of-the-art, as it is said."

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During the symposium "TOOL-KIT FOR SURVIVALISM AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD" from May 20th - 22nd, that is part of the project  "Frontiers in Retreat", Martin Gasser, geologist of Breiðdalssetur, is holding a lecture about the geology of East Iceland at Skaffell Center fro Visual Art in Seyðisfjörður.

Programm and information

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Ómar Bjarki Smárason, (Stapi) - Jarðhitaleit á Austurlandi í 20 ár-pdf (Geothermal heat in East Iceland, in Icelandic)

Ármann Höskuldsson, (HÍ) - Eldfjöll í hafi og hafsbotnsrannsóknir við Ísland á 21 öld-video (Sea floor research Iceland, in Icelandic)

Þorvaldur Þórðarson, (HÍ) - Yfirlit um rannsóknir Walkers í Kyrrahafslöndum-pdf (Walker's research on the Pacific area, in Icelandic)

Pictures of both events 

News in Austurfrétt press (in Icelandic)

Article in Glettingur paper about the event (in Icelandic)

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Presentations as pdf (in Icelandic):

Leó Kristjánsson - Heimildaleit um silfurberg og ýmis hlutverk þess í raunvísindum 1780-1930: árangur og ályktanir

Hjörleifur Guttormsson -Umhverfi Helgustaðanámu og friðlýsingin 1975

Christa Maria Feucht-Rannsóknarsaga jarðfræði Austurlands

Fjarðabyggð-Uppbygging Helgustaðanámu sem ferðamannastaðar

Kristján Jónasson -Verndargildi steina og staða jarðminjaverndar á Íslandi

Leó Kristjánsson at Helgustaðanáma quarry on August 29th 2015:

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At Helgustaðanáma quarry on August 29th 2015

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Hjörleifur Guttormsson - Walker and the geology of Eastern Iceland (Icelandic)

Ómar Bjarki Smárason - Geothermal exploration in Eastern Iceland (Icelandic)

Christa Maria Feucht - Biosignatures in chert from Breiðdalur

Robert Alexander Askew - Breiðdalur Central Volcano mapped again 50 years later

Three students from Cambridge University present new and fresh results on bed rock mapping in Breiðdalur

Birgir Jónsson & Þorvaldur Þórðarson - Geology of the road tunnels at Norðfjörður and Fjarðarheiði (Icelandic)

Anett Blischke - The interconnected uplift history and structural development of the Jan Mayen Micro-Continent and Iceland during the Cenozoic

Martin Gasser & Sigurður Max Jónsson - A new geological guide for Eastern Iceland: an introduction

Lúðvík E. Gústafsson - Extinct central volcanoes in Borgafjörður Eystri and Loðmundarfjörður (Icelandic)

Erla Dóra Vogler - Bed rock geology of Breiðavík, Eastern Iceland (Icelandic)

Birgir V. Óskarsson - Flow type and internal structure of lava sequences of the late Paleogene succession in Eastern Iceland (Icelandic)

Video: Walker talking about ignimbrite in London in the 1980ies

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Friday 29th April, 12:15 Leó Kristjánsson is holding a lecture about Iceland spar in East Iceland, its use and importance. Leó Kristjánsson is geophysicist at the University of Iceland. The last 16 years he has collected data about the use of Iceland spar crystals in science. Most of these crystals came from Helgustaðir, East Iceland until around 1900. The crystals contributed a lot to the discovery of optics and more. With the discovery of the so called Nicol-prism that is built of 2 Iceland spar crystals that were used in all optical instruments in different fields of natural sciences, it is sure that Icelandic Iceland spar accelerated many technical progresses and discoveries that seem self-evident to mankind today.  Everybody welcome.


Presentation by Leó Kristjánsson

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Iceland Spar from Breiðdalur valley