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Glaciers in Southern Norway

Nature volume 88, pages 460462 (01 February 1912) | Download Citation



IN the second part of Bergens Museums Aarbok for 1911, J. Rekstad publishes in German a description of the glacier region of southern Norway, accompanied by thirty-four illustrations. The paper is intended to serve as a guide to visitors, and does not discuss questions of glacial erosion or the origin of landscape-forms. The Jostedalsbrae (Fig. 1) north of the Sognefjord has a surface of 855 square kilometres, and furnishes an excellent type of the plateau-snowfield, from which glaciers fall, rather than creep, into the valleys round about. As one views a high field of this kind from a distance, the contrast with the limited snow-basins of the Alps is immediately apparent. Round about it, isolated glaciers lie in cirques, which have been no doubt carved out since the time when the main ice spread farther over hill and dale.

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