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Geological Center Opens in Iceland’s East Fjords

A geological center dedicated to British geologist George Walker (1926-2005), who mapped the geology of east Iceland, opened last weekend in the oldest building in Breiddalsvík, a small village in the East Fjords.

Walker’s widow and his daughter have donated various objects and research data to the center, including photographs, geological maps, reports and registries, which will now be accessible to scientists and the public, Morgunbladid reports.

The center was the idea of geologist Ómar Bjarki Smárason, a former student of Walker, who lectured at the University of London between 1951 and 1978. “For 30 years I have been looking for a location for it,” Smárason said.

Walker was involved in research in Iceland between 1955 and 1965 and also visited the country in 1973 and 1988. He published many essays about his research in Iceland.

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