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Forlandsund: Eidembukta

Tundra and arctic coastal landscape on Spitsbergen's west coast

Eidembukta, map

Eidem­buk­ta is loca­ted on the west coast of Spits­ber­gen in For­lands­und.

Eidem­buk­ta 1

Spitsbergen’s west coast has varied coas­tal sce­n­ery which are cle­ar­ly shaped by the forces of wind and sea. Wide bays with gra­vel bea­ches are inter­rupt­ed by small, rocky capes. A typi­cal west coast fea­ture are the wide coas­tal plains („strand­fla­te“ in Nor­we­gi­an). The pro­cess of their for­ma­ti­on is not known in detail. Coas­tal ero­si­on tog­e­ther with repea­ted rela­ti­ve land uplift and subs­i­dence during Qua­ter­nary ice age gla­cia­ti­on and deg­la­cia­ti­on were cer­tain­ly key pro­ces­ses. Howe­ver it exact­ly went, the result is a fasci­na­ting, varied and huge land­scape.

Eidem­buk­ta 2

The­re is still a lot of snow on the west coast tun­dra in ear­ly June, but the­re is more and more open vege­ta­ti­on from day to day. Reinde­er are roa­ming around, hap­py that the win­ter is over at this time, and geese are gathe­ring in lar­ge con­cen­tra­ti­ons on the west coast to reco­ver from the spring migra­ti­on. Soon they will spread out to their various bree­ding grounds.

Pho­to gal­lery: Eidem­buk­ta (north side)

Some impres­si­ons from the north side of Eidem­buk­ta (Eidem­pyn­ten), from ear­ly to late sum­mer.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

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last modification: 2023-06-13 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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