Foreward: The paleoclimatic and paleobiogeographic significance of the Tjörnes Basin, Northern Iceland




Since the mid-19th century, geologists and paleontologists have recognized the scientific importance and unique nature of the richly fossiliferous sediments exposed along the Tjörnes Peninsula in Northern Iceland. In the following century and a half, Tjörnes has attracted the attention of an international “who’s who” in Cenozoic paleontology, as well as many paleoclimatologists unraveling the complex climatic history of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. In a seminal meeting, sponsored by the Royal Society of London in 1984, and published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, volume 318 (“The past three million years: evolution of climatic variability in the North Atlantic region”), an international group of experts addressed climatic history of the last 3 million years. Notably, one of the main invited participants was Iceland’s Dr. Thorleifur Einarsson, who literally wrote the book “Geology of Iceland” (1994, 1999), and was also known for his expertise in Tjörnes paleoclimatology. Einarsson’s key contribution was linking the marine history of Tjörnes to the rapidly growiing paleoclimate records from deep-sea marine sediment cores and improving chronology of climate evolution. This work was closely linked to the dating of Pliocene-Pleistocene glacial sediments and volcanics in Iceland and on Tjörnes in particular, based on paleomagnetic data and biostratigraphic work which was presented jointly with a group from the U.S. Geological Survey at the 1965 INQUA meeting in Boulder, Colorado.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Foreward: The paleoclimatic and paleobiogeographic significance of the Tjörnes Basin, Northern Iceland
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Pacific - Atlantic mollusc migration
First page v
Last page vi
Country Iceland
Other Geospatial Tjornes Basin
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