Eyjafjallajokull: A Geography Case Study

The aim of this 15-minute video is to reflect on the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 and to look forward to possible future volcanic eruptions in Iceland. The film shows that, through detailed scientific knowledge and monitoring, the people in Iceland not only understand the threats posed by volcanic eruptions but also see the rich benefits of living in the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’.

In visiting some of the locations affected by the eruption, the video interweaves narrative with incisive interviews of local experts (including geology writer and broadcaster Ari Trausti), stunning archive footage of the eruption itself and supportive maps and diagrams.

In this video, we cover:

  • The causes and impacts of the eruption, with visits to some of the localities directly affected
  • Volcano monitoring and preparedness
  • The impacts associated with the future eruption of Katla
  • Positive impacts of the volcanic eruption on tourism in Iceland

This video is suitable for all ages. It will act as an excellent support in the study of tectonic hazards, , disasters, and the risks associated with them.

‘Eyjafjallajokull: a Geography Case Study’ received the Highly Commended Award at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Conference and the Silver Award at the Geographical Association Awards

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To make the most of this video we have also created some additional teaching resources to use in the classroom – click on the resources below to view and download.

  Eyjafjallajokull Worksheet

  Eyjafjallajokull Worksheet Answers

  Eyjafjallajokull Extension Activities Questions

  Eyjafjallajokull Extension Activities Answers


  Katla Answers

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