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Krossfjord: Collinsodden

Coastal plain and northern light research: panorama images and background

Coll­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 1: the coas­tal land­scape

Coll­ins­od­den is situa­ted at the ent­ry of Kross­fjord. It is not exact­ly well shel­te­red, to put it mild­ly, but on a love­ly day like this, the coast­li­ne with some wide bea­ches, inter­rupt­ed by small, rocky points, can almost appear tro­pi­cal 🙂

Coll­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 2: the coas­tal plain

The flat coas­tal plain stret­ches over many kilo­me­t­res, from Ebelt­oft­ham­na in Kross­fjord and up the west coast (Die­sets­let­ta). It was pro­ba­b­ly crea­ted by wave action during the plei­s­to­ce­ne, which cut a coas­tal plat­form into the bed­rock (schist, in this case).

Coll­ins­od­den Pan­ora­ma 3: the old hut

The­re is a ruin of an old hut a bit away from the coast. It was a trap­per hut, but it was used for sci­en­ti­fic pur­po­ses for a short peri­od bet­ween 1912 and 1914. In tho­se years, the­re was a Ger­man meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal obser­va­to­ry a good 7 kilo­me­t­res away in Ebelt­oft­ham­na, initia­ted after Count Zeppelin’s expe­di­ti­on in 1910 and led by Kurt Wege­ner, brot­her of the famous Alfred Wege­ner (the one with the pla­te tec­to­nics). Next to meteo­ro­lo­gy, the sci­en­tists also did some work on the nor­t­hern lights.

Meteo­ro­lo­gist Max Robitzsch took the initia­ti­ve to pho­to­graph the auro­ra from simul­ta­neous­ly from two posi­ti­ons a cou­ple of kilo­me­t­res apart for alti­tu­de deter­mi­na­ti­on. Next to the main base in Ebelt­oft­ham­na, this old hut at Coll­ins­od­den was cho­sen as a secon­da­ry base for nor­t­hern light pho­to­gra­phy during the dark sea­son. To enable per­fect syn­chro­ni­sa­ti­on, they even impro­vi­sed a tele­pho­ne con­nec­tion over more than 7 kilo­me­t­res bet­ween the two sites!



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last modification: 2020-09-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange