New book on the glacial landscapes of Europe


The book European Glacial Landscapes has recently been published by Elsevier. It is divided into three volumes that provide extensive reviews of the glacial landscapes of Europe: 1) Maximum Extent of Glaciations, 2) The Last Deglaciation, and 3) The Holocene. Based on geological and geomorphological fingerprints, glacier growth and decay, as well as associated environmental change are discussed with focus on the time intervals; the Last Glacial Cycle from 116 thousand years ago to the Last Glacial Maximum 29-19 thousand years ago (Vol. 1) and the deglaciation between 19 and 11,7 thousand years ago (Vol. 2), and finally, the Holocene, 11.7 thousand years ago to present (Vol. 3).

The book contains seven chapters about Iceland, written by scientists from the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland (IES), and the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (IINH). These chapters provide a holistic overview of Iceland’s glacial landscapes and history from the last glaciation to the present day based on current knowledge. The chapters are:
1) The glacial landscapes of Iceland,
2) Iceland: glacial landforms prior to the Last Glacial Maximum,
3) Iceland: glacial landforms from the Last Glacial Maximum,
4) Iceland: glacial landforms during deglaciation,
5) Iceland: glacial landforms and raised shorelines from the Bølling_Allerød Interstadial,
6) Iceland: glacial landforms from the Younger Dryas Stadial,
7) Holocene glacial history and landforms of Iceland.

The authors of the Iceland chapters are Ívar Örn Benediktsson (IES), Skafti Brynjólfsson (IINH), Lovísa Ásbjörnsdóttir (IINH), and Wesley Farnsworth (IES).

The image on the right shows an overview of the glacial geomorphological imprint on the Iceland shelf.

Overview of the glacial geomorphological imprint on the Iceland shelf.