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Surtsey: Ecosystems Formed.


Surtsey; ecosystems formed.

Fridriksson, Sturla.



112 pages




In 1963, a volcanic eruption began on the ocean floor off the coast of Iceland that over the next three and half years created a new island with showers of black ash, cinders, and streams of molten lava. It was named after the giant Surtur the black, ruler of fire, from Viking legend. Environmental scientist Fridriksson was there, and started investigating the colonization of life on Surtsey right at the beginning, and has continued for four decades. He covers geology, the eruption itself, landscape, history, the origin of life, ecological aspects, ways of dispersal, marine and terrestrial research, and development. Many photographs illustrate the incredible emergence of plant and animal life. The book is distributed by the University of Iceland Press, which distributes in the US through the David Brown Book Company.

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