Environment Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir opened the Surtsey Center in the Westman Islands on Friday. The center is dedicated to the volcanic island, created in a series of eruptions 1963-1967, which is a nature reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From Surtsey. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Surtsey Center also accommodates the office of the Environment Agency of Iceland and an exhibition on Surtsey, which is based on the exhibition organized by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History in 2007, mbl.is reports.
At the center all available information on the underwater eruptions which created Surtsey is accessible, as well as information on the formation of the land and development of life on the island. It is preserved as a living laboratory.
“The Westman Islands are known for their spectacular landscapes and at the Surtsey Center domestic and foreign tourists as well as students of all ages can familiarize themselves with their unique history of formation and the nature in Surtsey,” a press release describes.
Geologist Lovísa Ásbjörnsdóttir, a specialist on the Surtsey nature reserve, is the center’s supervisor.
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