Archive for the Environment Category

Moon Landing in Iceland

Posted on August 13, 2009 by

Moðrudalur is a desert area on the North west of Egilsstadir. The region is so bare and uniform that some unbelieving say that right here was done the movie on the false moon- landing of mr. Armstrong! The landscape has indeed a “moon aspect”, looking at it, you’ve the impression of being on another planet! There […]

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The protection of the puffins

The protection of the puffins

Posted on July 26, 2009 by

Among the natural looters of the puffins there are the great black-backed gull, the sea eagle, the fox and the rat. Man too has always plundered these birds to eat them and to use their feathers to pad clothes. The traditional hunting with nests, done for centuries in Norway, Iceland, Scotland, Maine, Newfoundland, and in […]

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Horses in Iceland

Horses in Iceland

Posted on July 19, 2009 by

The Icelandic horses (Equus scandinavus) are strong, quite short, with quite a long and thick mane. As other Mongolian breeds, they have different gaits: fet, in step, brokk, trot, stökk, gallop, skeið, amble, tölt, light run- so steady that the jockey doesn’t almost perceive it. The horses were imported from Norway and as they were […]

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Iceland signs an agreement with Mitsubishi to test electric vehicles

Posted on July 15, 2009 by

Since the ‘80s, Iceland has always been promoting research projects for the development of environment- compatible resources and equipment, and it has continued throughout the years to be the World leader in this field. Now, it is again a pioneer -this time in the means of transport. A new development area is going to be […]

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The distribution of seabirds on Icelandic cliffs

Posted on July 11, 2009 by

In the North of the Atlantic Ocean seabirds make their nests on the cliffs in a very precise way . This happens also in Iceland: in summertime the puffins live on the rock face, where the mould settles; right beneath, on the highest rocks, live the fulmars (fulmarus glacialis) and the trydactyl seagull (rissa tridactyla). […]

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Puffins for lunch

Posted on July 4, 2009 by

In Iceland it is quite common to eat puffins, particularly it is one of the fundamental food for the inhabitants of the Vestmannaeyjar islands. Nowadays these birds are still hunted with the traditional Viking method: they climb up to the cliffs with a long nest called Hafur. The puffins are then roasted and the most […]

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Iceland teaches to Italy how to produce clean energy

Iceland teaches to Italy how to produce clean energy

Posted on June 27, 2009 by

What joins Iceland to Italy? May be more than what is commonly believed, but there’s one particular thing that makes these countries closer: the development of clean energy production thanks to the availability of geothermal sources. Iceland is indeed the first European Country that is self- sufficient as for energy production, thanks to the wise […]

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Björk: a new album to save Iceland

Posted on June 21, 2009 by

Since ever involved in humanitarian battles, such as the support to the independence of Kosovo and Tibet (it is symbolic the sogn “Declare Independence”), the Icelandic singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir is now sided up in favour of the safeguard of its country environment. There’s a real risk that Iceland, one of the last paradises of the […]

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How the puffins reproduce

How the puffins reproduce

Posted on June 16, 2009 by

The love season starts in Springtime for the puffins: their plumage becomes brighter, the beak becomes more colourful, the plumage around the eyes becomes red and black, and some light blue “ornaments” appear above and beneath the globe of the eye. The coupling ritual starts with beaks reciprocal rubbing, that have the goal of enforcing […]

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The habitat of the puffins

Posted on June 9, 2009 by

The puffins (fatercula arctica) live in the open sea in the North of the Atlantic Ocean. only during the reproductive period they move to the coasts of Canada, United States, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Norway. They prefer the rocky coasts, with grass edges; cliffs and the islands where the rocks are covered by […]

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