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How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 3 – Glaciers and volcanoes of the centre and south

Intro: The last part of my Iceland geology blog series ventures from the centre to the south of the island. These areas contain the youngest rocks in Iceland (i.e., Nornahraun 2014/15 lava field), glacier-covered volcanoes (i.e., Vatnajökull), geothermal altered mountains (i.e., Landmannaluagar) and the scar of one of the most violent eruptions ever (i.e., Laki)! This
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How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 2 – Volcanic Landscapes of the North

Intro: The north of Iceland offers a young and dramatic volcanic landscape that is truly “out of this world” (you will see what I mean later). Heading northeast toward Akureyri, you enter what is known as the North Volcanic Zone (NVZ). The NVZ is a subset of the roughly north-striking rift that is pulling apart
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Iceland, Geology, Travel, Volcanoes, Volcano, Lava, Plate Tectonics, Geologist, Landscape, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth Science, Science, Geoscience, Photography, Adventure, Field Trip, Guide, Formation, Map, Location, North American Plate, Eurasian Plate, Rift, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Fire, Ice, Lava

How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 1 – A Land of Ice and Fire

Intro: Iceland is a land of ice and fire. Not only is it one of the most breathtaking places in the world to visit, but it is also one of the most unique geological sites to study. I recently co-organized and participated in a field trip to Iceland and Sweden as part of our university’s Society of Economic Geologist Student
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The Andes, copper mines and volcanoes of Chile!

Intro: Chile is one of the best countries in the world for geology and metal deposits. It’s elongated western margin is bounded by an earthquake-inducing, mountain-building and ore deposit-forming subduction zone! I recently took part in a field course run by our university that explored the northern-region of the country where the Atacama desert and some
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Active volcanoes in Victoria, Australia!?

Intro: Unsuspectingly lurking next to the massive metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, is a region of young and active volcanoes! This volcanic province covers an area >23,000 km in the southern state of Victoria. The volcanoes here are dormant, but still active, with the last eruption ~5000 years ago at Mt. Gambier. The landscape is flat
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Boiling mud, hot pools and Hobbits; Geothermal systems in Taupo, New Zealand

Intro: Continuing on from my first post on The Volcanoes of Taupo, this one will focus all about the hot, dangerous and ever changing geothermal systems of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. As I was saying before, the link between volcanoes, geothermal systems, and precious metal formation is quite strong, as most gold deposits are formed
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The real Mount Doom… and the real Mount Doom; Volcanoes in Taupo, New Zealand

Intro: With the start of my new university career in Australia as a research MSc student I get to focus on some interesting geological topics, especially related to volcanoes, geothermal systems, and gold and ore formation. The three are more interconnected than you would initial think, as most gold deposits are formed via the interaction
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Galapagos Islands – Swimming among and saving sharks with Cousteau, plus pyroclastic Kicker Rock

Intro: Continuing on with my the promise from my last post about the magnificence land/islands of the Galapagos, this post is all about the sea… well, mostly (who am I kidding, I have to add in some geology). But alas, the sea; “once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” as
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The Galapagos Islands – The volcanic creation of these evolving, hostile, and uniquely inhabited islands

Intro: The Galapagos. Known as the enchanted islands, this is a place that any science-lover would dream of. I always wanted to go, but never thought I would (well, at least not anytime soon), when suddenly a last-minute opportunity to join up with my sister on a Contiki tour suddenly allowed this far-fetched fantastic to
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