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Lågøya

Lågøya

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General: The name Lågøya means ‘Low Island’ and is descriptive.

For more, detailed information: the Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Lågøya -low island. Nordaustland in the background

Lågøya, ‘low island’. Nordaustland in the background.

Geology: Mostly deformed, non-metamorphic sediments (quarzites and subordinate carbonates) belonging to the basement (younger Proterozoic), similar to Sorgfjord, Murchisonfjord or Lomfjord areas (northern Hinlopen Strait). Partly dolerites (upper Jurassic Cretaceous).

Colourful stripes of various quarzites and dolostones on Lågøya

Colourful stripes of various quarzites and dolostones.

Recommended book for further, well-digestable (really!) info about geology and landscape of Svalbard.

Landscape: Mostly flat, low hills and some smaller and larger lagoons and lakes. The steeply dipping, multicoloured quarzites forms nice, colourfull stripes in places, which have sometimes been reworked to rosette-like structures. The beaches are covered with driftwood and, unfortunately, plastic trash brought up there by currents.

Remains of a reindeer that got entangled and then died a slow death in an old fishing net on washed up on the beach. Lågøya

Remains of a reindeer that got entangled and then died a slow death in an old fishing net on washed up on the beach. Lågøya.

Flora and Fauna: Lågøya is very barren, vegetation is very scarce. Sometimes there are Grey Phalaropes at the lakes and Common Eider ducks at the coast. The Sabine’s Gull has one of very few breeding site in Svalbard on Lågøya. Often, there are walrus, usually in small numbers.

History: Lågøya has rarely been visited. Occasionally, Norwegian trappers wintered here in the early 20th century.

Hut in Mollbukta, east coast of Lågøya

Hut in Mollbukta, east coast of Lågøya.

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last modification: 2014-10-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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