Iceland provides an unique stage on which to study the natural environment, both past and present, and it is understanding both aspects of reconstructing the past and observing and interpreting the present that form the focus of the contributions to this volume. The papers are all written by active researchers and incorporate both reviews and new data. Although concentrating largely on the recent Quaternary timescale a wide range of topics is explored including subglacial volcanism, onshore and offshore evidence for the Last Glacial Maximum and subsequent deglaciation, current glacial characteristics including jökulhlaups and glacial landsystems, soil development, Holocene ecosystem change, current oceanography, impacts of volcanic sulphur loading, chemical weathering and the CO2 budget and documentary evidence for historical climate. The key element of the volume is that for the first time it provides a wide overview of a range of topics for which Iceland provides an almost unparalleled laboratory emphasizing the importance of research on this small island for studies over a much broader global scale. These reviews point the way to future research directions and are supplemented by extensive illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography. * Wide range of related topics covered both from a present day and quaternary perspective * Reviews from scientists active in each research area across a range of subjects providing both overviews and new data supplemented by an extensive bibliography * Extensive illustrations and examples from the field
Based upon the most recent research, this thought-provoking, up-to-date survey of the history of Iceland provides unique insight into the challenges facing a small nation in a globalized world. • Maps of Iceland • Biographical sketches of notable people in the history of Iceland • A chronology of events and glossary of terms • Bibliographies of selected materials at the end of each section
Author: Asgeir Jonsson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Release Date: 2009-08-07
Genre: Business & Economics
As late as the mid 1980s, Iceland’s economy revolved around little else than a semi-robust cod-fishing industry. By the end of the century, however, it had transformed itself into a major player in world finance, building an international banking empire worth twelve times its GDP. The tiny island nation of 300,000 was one of the global economy’s great success stories. And then everything came crashing down. Why Iceland? is the inside account of one of the economic meltdown’s most fascinating and far-reaching tragedies. As Chief Economist of Kaupthing Bank, the country’s largest bank before the collapse, Ásgeir Jónsson is perfectly suited to examine Iceland’s collapse in painstaking detail. He witnessed behind-the-scenes events firsthand, such as an intriguing meeting in January 2008 when a group of international hedge fund managers gathered in a bar in Reykjavik to discuss Iceland’s economy—an informal affair that eventually became the center of a criminal investigation by the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority. This inside account examines the pressing issues behind history’s biggest banking collapse: How did Iceland transform itself from one of Europe’s poorest to one of its wealthiest countries? What happened to cause the destruction of the nation’s banking industry during a single week of October 2008? Was it the result of a speculation “attack” by hedge funds on the nation’s currency? Iceland remains the biggest casualty of the economic downturn, and the ramifications of its catastrophic failure reach deeply into the economies of Europe, the United States, and other global markets. Ásgeir Jónsson offers a unique perspective and an expert’s insight into the rise and fall of this once-proud banking giant. Why Iceland? provides the who, what, where, and when of Iceland’s demise, serving as a fascinating read and providing the understanding necessary for forecasting when and where the aftershocks will shake up markets in other parts of the world. "Fearsome Vikings discovered Iceland. Hedge funds knocked it down. It was a humiliating tumble for the former financial powerhouse, which was proud of its status in Europe. A late bloomer, Iceland had been the last country in Europe to be settled, the Nordic nation rapidly caught up with its wealthier relations. It was all fine until October 2008, when country's banking system collapsed in a week. Written by an Icelandic economist, Why Iceland? chronicles the meltdown, in the context of the nation's history."--New York Post (A "Required Reading" Selection)
Comic Sagas and Tales brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains and avenging sons do battle with axes, words and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland's oral culture and their conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humour and stylistic innovation.
Author: International Monetary Fund
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
Release Date: 1995-06-08
Genre: Business & Economics
This paper reviews economic developments in Iceland during 1990–95. It describes developments in the real economy, and examines monetary and exchange rate developments and policies and the transmission of monetary policy. The paper provides a detailed look at budgetary outcomes and the stance of fiscal policy for 1995. Determinants of past and present growth in Iceland are examined. Indicators of fiscal sustainability are used to argue for better public finances in Iceland. The paper also examines the Icelandic tax structure.
Nha Trang has a huge variety of hotels, almost all within a few blocks of the Pacific beaches. Most of the hotels have gardens with restaurants, and all offer decent Asian and Western food. There are lots of ocean-front bars and some discos open until all hours. People come to Nha Trang for three reasons: To eat seafood, to chill out, and to try the various watersports. TheaNha Trang Sailing Clubarents jet skis and windsurfers. For scuba diving, plan on coming in January to May. There are more than a dozen dive sites in the area. The town of Nha Trang stretches for several miles along the Pacific, but doesn''t go more than a few blocks inland. Walking is easy and pleasant, especially along the ocean-front boardwalk. Bicycling is another excellent way to get around, and most hotels rent bikes for a few dollars a day.a You are in a scuba, sailing, snorkeling, beach paradise, and the activities reflect that. There are miles of pristine beaches, or you can learn to scuba-dive on any of 20 different dive sites. You can hire a boat to take you island-hopping. You can explore ancient Cham monuments, or venture farther out to hot springs. Then there is Dalat, one of the most beautiful, laid-back parts of Vietnam. This is the coffee, tea, and mulberry growing area of Vietnam. Farms and cattle abound, amidst villages of thatched and tile-roofed houses, lakes with floating villages, and fishermen who row their boats with their foot so they have both hands free for the nets. Surrounded by rolling hills and forests, the area is quite beautiful, and well-suited to trekking, hiking, biking, or just walking. If you need to retreat from the heat in the south, this is the place to do it. It is also home to two very interesting sights - the oldest golf course in Vietnam, and the strangest hotel in Southeast Asia. Hang Nga''s Crazy House is in fact the most bizarre hotel in Southeast Asia. The building looks like it is made from tree trunks, the rooms are filled with huge sculptured animals and they have an Alice-Through-The-Looking-Glass quality.a There are several nearby pagodas that are worth a visit, and this is where your guided taxi or Honda Om trip really pays off. You can visit theaLinh Phong Pagodaaand theaThien Vuong Pagodaa(with its wooden pillars and huge Buddha statue). The waterfalls are south of Dalat and are certainly worth a trip. The Prenn Waterfall is by far the more impressive, but the steep hike up to the Datanla Falls is exhilarating and the forest is impressive. All the hotel and restaurant information you need is included in the guide, plus details on how to get around and what to see and do."
Author: Dick Ringler
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Bard of Iceland makes available for the first time in any language other than Icelandic an extensive selection of works by Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845), the most important poet of modern Iceland. Jónas was also Iceland's first professionally trained geologist and an active contributor in a number of other scientific fields: geography, botany, zoology, and archaeology. He played a key role as well in Iceland's struggle to gain independence from Denmark. "Descriptive power and fullness of spirit were the hallmarks of his soul," wrote a contemporary admirer. Dick Ringler, one of the premier scholars of Icelandic literature in the world, offers a substantial biography of Jónas, a representative selection of his most important poems, and some of his prose work in science and belles lettres. Ringler also provides extended commentaries and an essay on Icelandic prosody. The poems are translated into English equivalents of their original complex meters in Icelandic and Danish. As a poet Jónas was intimately familiar with his nation's medieval literary inheritance--the sagas and eddas--and also with the groundbreaking work of contemporary German and Danish Romanticism (Chamisso, Heine, Oehlenschläger). A master of poetic form, Jónas not only exploited and enlarged the possibilities of traditional eddic and skaldic meters, but introduced the sonnet, triolet stanza, terza and ottava rima, and blank verse into the Icelandic metrical repertory.
Author: Susanne Daeppen
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Release Date: 2017-03-13
Genre: Performing Arts
Für Dakini Dance Projects ist Iceland ein «Niceland». Die beiden Schweizer Tänzer Susanne Daeppen und Christoph Lauener bereisen Islands zauberhafte Naturphänomene mit ihrer Kunst der Langsamkeit. Ein Bildband, der zum Innehalten und Staunen einlädt.