Sunday, 13 May 2012

Iceland mission, I need your help....

In June I'll be heading out to Iceland for around three and a half weeks to help Dr John Stevenson dig holes and gather tephra samples (amongst other things). I'm pretty excited as I've never been to Iceland before but read/watched/heard a lot about it and nearly went there on honeymoon until a volcano put a spanner in the works.... 

It would be quite cool to be around if this happens again

We'll be living in the finest campervan Iceland can offer which will mean we'll have access to most of the Island from a decent base. I'll be keeping a blog diary as well to outline what we're doing and where we end up.

With this in mind I've started to think of lesson ideas and activities that could use resources and information I gather in Iceland. Without knowing exactly where we will be this is a little difficult, so i'm turning to the experience and knowledge of the Geographers of the UK and the Twittosphere to ask for recommendations for places to visit and resources to think about. I've already come across and used a number of great ideas and resources such as David Roger's great Iceland study aid which are helping to stimulate some ideas.

I would quite like to create a virtual field trip perhaps around a volcano with photos, videos and a few samples. I'm also keen to get as much information as possible on the local impacts the volcanic eruptions have in terms of destruction of infrastructure, effects on day to day life, social and environmental impacts etc. I think this could fit into a nice lesson or two that assess the impact of eruptions from a local and global perspective.

All ideas and and suggestions for locations to visit are welcome!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Al,

    I went to Iceland for A level a while ago, the best place to see some of the affects to transport are purely by heading East on route/road 1. The road rings Iceland so just make sure you turn the correct way. If you look at Google earth you can clearly see where the lava and ash flows washed over the road and took out the bridges, its even more obvious when you are stood on the bridges just how huge the flow were.