Nothing more than mountains and pointed peaks, or how Svalbard was discovered and what came out of it

The archipelago was probably known of already by the Vikings. Brief mentions of “cold shores” in the area, which is now instantly associated with Svalbard, appeared for the first time in 12th-century Nordic sagas. The thing is, though, that no evidence has ever been found to confirm that the Vikings…

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Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup for beginners

Have you ever heard of Zew Północy (or Call of the North) – a Polish magazine whose every single issue bursts at the seams with all things Scandinavian? If you haven’t, you’ve got some serious catching up to do, especially that the November issue (#35, 2019) features a neat article…

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Whatever it takes

The issue of marine litter may be approached in a number of ways. The widest recognition is usually given to initiatives focusing on prevention, such as raising the awareness of dangers involved in excessive use of plastic or searching for environmentally-friendly alternatives. There is also much talk about improving existing…

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What lurks among goose feathers

In March 2016, an article by Maciej Skoracki and Krzysztof Zawierucha, entitled “Chenophila nanseni sp. n. (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitising the barnacle goose in Svalbard”, was published in Polish Polar Research (vol. 37, no. 1, 2016). We too have made a modest contribution to the creation of this paper! The new…

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