oil on canvas, 80cm x 60cm, Iain White 2008-10, £450
On of Iceland’s larger ice caps, Mýrdalsjökull rises to 1300m over another sub-glacial volcano, Katla. To the south the massif that supports it and it’s neighbour Eyjafjallajokull presents a degraded cliffline fronted by a coastal plain of Holocene moraine and outwash deposits that narrows as it approaches the coast west of Vik. Both icecaps rest on a complex of Upper Pleistocene basic inter and supra glacial lavas and pillow lavas with intercalated sediments. Small glacial tongues flow out from the icecaps, the biggest and longest of which is Sólheimaj?kull seen here in the distance.