Geological maps of Iceland
The IINH is required by law to analyse and map both the bedrock and loose strata (superficial deposits) of Iceland. Bedrock maps show craters, lavas, hyaloclastite, fissures, faults and other terrain features, while maps of superficial deposits show terminal moraines and glacial formations, shorelines, river plains, screes, slumps, and sandar.
Work on a series of nine maps that show the bedrock geology of the entire country at a scale of 1:250 000 is ongoing. Seven maps have been printed to date; two of these now require updating. A number of geological maps have also been printed at a scale of 1:500 000 and 1:600 000.
The IINH is also legally bound to record and classify anticipated mining sites on the basis of amount of reserves, accessibility, quality and conservation value.
Geological maps 1:600 000