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What and Where is Snfellsjkull?
Now you can find out! You can also learn where Eyjafjallajkull, Breiamerkurjkull, and risjkull are and what they look like too. These are not typos; they are just four of the geographic names gleaned from literature dating back to 13th century Icelandic sagas, for Iceland's 269 modern named glaciers. The publication Geographic Names of Iceland's Glaciers: Historic and Modern includes descriptions, a striking array of aerial and ground photographs, satellite images, maps, geographic coordinates, and bibliographic citations for the use of all glacier place-names on published maps and in the literature to document each of the 269 modern-named glaciers of Iceland. For more information, visit http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1746/ or contact Richard S. Williams, Jr., at geoinfo@comcast.net.

Acidic Soils in Slovakia Tell Somber Tale
A new experiment conducted in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia examined what would happen when nitrogen levels in soils, typically from industry and agriculture, in any part of the world increase to certain levels. Findings show that high nitrogen levels could result in increased acidification of soils at levels only seen before from acid mine drainage areas. These levels result in reduced plant growth and increased pollution of surface water. Nitrogen levels in soils throughout Europe and North America have already left these countries susceptible to these impacts, and the levels tested in this study are similar
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