March Meeting

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Speaker: Andrew Koenigsberg, P.G.
Topic: Laugavegur: A Trek From the Icelandic Highlands to the Sea
Abstract:

Iceland is large island formed at the intersection of a mantle plume and a mid-ocean ridge, whose geomorphology is the result of an intimate interplay of volcanism and glaciers, making it among the most fascinating and unique locations on the planet. Andy will discuss his 5-day trek along the 55 km Laugavegur Trail, rated as one of the 20 Best Hikes in the World by National Geographic. The trail, located in south central Iceland, starts in the most distinctive volcanic feature of the island, a rhyolitic caldera 1,100 meters above sea level. It ends at a vast glacial meltwater-fed braided river. Along the way are landscapes unlike anything we see in New England despite the shared glacial history. Andy will present a summary of Icelandic geology and the geology of specific locations through which he and his wife hiked. His tour also included a visit to the southernmost tip of Iceland and a climb up a well-known Icelandic valley glacier.


Our next meeting will be on March 21st!


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