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Ice-free conditions on Spitsbergen during the Last Glacial Maximum

During the coldest years of the last ice-age the ice cap reached the British Isles and Polen. New research has revealed that an ice-free green spot existed further north - on a penisula close to Spitsbergen.

Our field vessel (Arctica II), docked near the study site
The field vessel (Arctica II), docked near the study site .
Photo:
Willem van der Bilt

This article is only in Norwegian. More pictures in original article by Ellen Viste at Bjerknes senters nettsider . The article is based on:

van der Bilt, Willem G. M. & Lane, C. S. (2019): Lake sediments with Azorean tephra reveal ice-free conditions on coastal northwest Spitsbergen during the Last Glacial MaximumScience Advances, 2019