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Geothermal Energy in Iceland

The map shows the locations of historically active volcanoes, fissures related to rifting, and geothermal systems.

The active volcanic zone (pink) is comprised of basic and intermediate lavas and associated sediments less than 700,000 years old. More recent volcanism and rifting are confined to the northern, western, and eastern active volcanic zones and three off-ridge areas.

High-temperature geothermal systems (>200C) like Svartsengi and Reykjanes are also associated with the active volcanic zone. Progressively older igneous rocks and associated sediments are found in the orange and gray zones.
Low-temperature geothermal systems (<150C) are found on the flanks of the active volcanic zone in older rocks. Holocene sediments (<11,000 years old) occur in the khaki-colored areas mostly along the south coast.



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