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Hinlopen Strait I – 12th August 2016

After the „nerve-wrecking passage“ (according to the pilot book, Den Norske Los) of Franklinsund, which is largely shallow and mostly uncharted, and some windy miles down into Hinlopen Strait, we made Murchisonfjord our first stop in this area. It is, of course, at the same time still part of Nordaustland. One good reason for going there was meeting the smaller sister ship Arctica I, which had brought some sought-after goods from Longyearbyen including fresh fruit and yoghurt.

The polar desert around Murchisonfjord is made up of very old rocks, which gives those with some background in geology insight in some of the very early chapters of the history of life on earth. Colonies of algae that around 800 million years ago contributed to the content of free oxygen of today’s atmosphere, which we use for breathing and burning fuels and candles. There is a group of geologists on Arctica I doing research on this, and they kindly gave us a short, but very interesting introduction into their work.

Gallery – Hinlopen Strait I – 12th August 2016

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We got further insight into geology, a snow cave created by a meltwater river and a beautiful little canyon as we ventured out on land.

last modification: 2016-08-13 · copyright: Rolf Stange