Summer course in Quaternary geology at UNIS, Svalbard


Svalbard with the worlds northernmost university campus (UNIS) is a great place for a Quaternary geologist. Approximately 60% of the land surface is covered by glaciers and permafrost features are common in the remaining areas. My second visit to the islands was for the UNIS course "Arctic Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy" which included an excursion along the west coast.

Polarbear warning sign
Longyearbyen Svalbard (Spitsbergen)
Arctic flower, Svalbard
Students leaving the ship on a geology field-course
Geology field-course at UNIS Svalbard
Students leaving the ship on a geology field-course
Geology field-course at UNIS
UNIS students on fieldwork
Old cabin, Russekeila, on Svalbard
Glacier calving into Billefjorden
Sorted circles or patterned ground, permafrost features in the Linné-valley, Svalbard
View of coastal sections on Svalbard
Polarbear tracks
Iceberg on Spitsbergen
A dead reindeer has provided nutrients to the vegetation

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Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen, landscape
Jan Mayen, view towards Nordlaguna from Gamle Metten
Jan Mayen, lava formation

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Sampling for cosmogenic surface exposure dating in Finnmark

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Johanna Anjar in Padjelanta
View toward Áhkká (Akka) from the Padjelanta trail

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Expedition start, unloading the helicopter
Camp site in Taymyr
Field dinner during the Taymyr expedition

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Hiking on the Disko island, Greenland
Ice berg in midnight sun in the Icefjord, Greenland

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A rusty Soviet red star is left behind
Pyramiden mine, a ghost town on Svalbard
Pyramiden, Spitsbergen

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Winter 2009

Longyearbyen on Svalbard during winter
The road between the student houses in Nybyen and UNIS in Longyearbyen

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