Norwegian Strandflat

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    IN a paper in the Geographical Journal of January on the "Georphology of Norway", Prof. K. M. Strom returns to the topic of the strandflat, a topic which has evoked mucn controversy in past years. He believes that marine abrasion is much in evidence, though corrie gracier abrasion has played its part. The low plam cuts across fjord deeps and corrie lake deeps, and though local glaciers have certainly played a notable part, it is in the main due to marine abrasion. Prof. Strőm cites the example of Moskenesőy, which has practically no strandflat on the inner or sheltered side, but has an abrasion platform 8 km. broad on the exposed side. The tendency to stress glacial action in the formation of the strandflat is probably due to the study of the strandflat where it shows a hummocky appearance through an overflow by ice during the last glaciation. The main features of the strandflat seem to have been abraded at successively lower levels since early Miocene times up to late Pliocene ; this has been followed by excavation by glaciers from the inland ice and corrie glacier erosion and, finally, post-glacial marine abrasion in the peripheral areas where changes of level due to isostatic recovery have been least.

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    Norwegian Strandflat. Nature 163, 716 (1949) doi:10.1038/163716c0

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