Archaeological Remains at Risk Due to Geothermal Drilling

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Archaeological Remains at Risk Due to Geothermal Drilling

Erling Einarsson, a guide at Volcano Tours, states that archaeological remains would be at risk if drilling for geothermal energy would be carried out at Eldvörp on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, as planned.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Eldvörp is considered a unique geological phenomenon and there are also many remains of human settlement in the area, including shelters made of rock, ancient paths and stacked walls that haven’t been studied, ruv.is reports.

One hole was drilled at Eldvörp in 1979. According to Erling, a bulldozer drove through a roof of a cave at the time, unveiling stacked walls and bones. The remains have yet to be examined.

Drilling five experimental holes in the area are currently on the drawing board. A framework program on energy harnessing is being discussed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, and an environmental impact assessment for Eldvörp is being carried out.

Click here to read more about the framework program and other disputed geothermal projects.

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