Events

Walking through Iceland: Lessons in vegetation and volcanoes

Summary

A public presentation and film screening as part of National Science Week.

Start Date

12th Aug 2019 7:00pm

End Date

12th Aug 2019 8:00pm

Venue

Engineering Building, Room 201 (Engineering Lecture Theatre), Dobson Rd, Sandy Bay Campus

RSVP / Contact Information

RSVP essential - rholdern@utas.edu.au

This presentation by Bob Holderness-Roddam and film screening will look at Iceland’s climate and some of the volcanic history including eruptions that severely affected the northern hemisphere climate. The talk includes a 20 minute film about the presenter’s 1972 visit to Lake Myvatyn exploring scenery and bird life.

About the speaker

In 1968 Bob joined a ten day walking trip in southern Iceland with the legendary ‘Icelandic Dick’, Dick Philips. The group was transported to the start in the very first bus built specially for travel in Iceland’s rugged interior. Using Icelandic shepherds’ huts for accommodation, the group explored the area around the Langisjor Lake, Skafta River and headed up towards the Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest. The group then travelled south west and through Eldgjá ["fire canyon"] in Icelandic. This is claimed to be the largest volcanic canyon in the world. The 934 AD eruption was the largest flood basalt in historic time. Bob has a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies from the University of Tasmania and has over 40 years’ experience as an adult educator.

Limited seating available please RSVP to rholdern@utas.edu.au.