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Blom­strand­hal­vøya caves

Blom­strand­hal­vøya in Kongsfjord is main­ly known for the old marb­le mine Mar­le Island / Ny Lon­don and the beau­ti­ful sce­ne­ry, but it has also some geo­mor­pho­lo­gi­cal regio­nal rari­ties in shape of several caves. The bed­rock con­sists of weak­ly meta­mor­phic car­bo­na­tes (“marb­le”) which has many small geo­lo­gi­cal faults (cracks). Water could easi­ly attack along the­se faults, main­ly che­mi­cal­ly by solu­ti­on but also mecha­ni­cal­ly, espe­cial­ly sub­gla­cial­ly during the Plei­sto­ce­ne when meltwa­ter would run off at the bot­tom at the gla­cier under high pres­su­re.

Some of the­se caves are more or less inac­ces­si­ble, while others are easy to get to.

This small cave is a bit hig­her up on the slo­pe:

This lar­ge cave is qui­te steep and the roof is part­ly gone:

This small but beau­ti­ful cave is situa­ted direct­ly on the coast­li­ne:

One of the caves, the “grot­to”, is actual­ly acces­si­ble by boat when the sea is calm enough. You can visit the Blom­strand­hal­vøya grot­to on a sepa­ra­te page (click here).

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last modification: 2019-07-15 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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