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  • Special offer: Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard

    The Geoscience Atlas has approximately 170 maps, 400 photographs as well as concise explanatory texts. It collects data from a variety of geoscientific disciplines and topics in one book.

  • Workshop about taking the next step to the snow research

    The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology.

  • New geological map database

    The Norwegian polar Institute's thematic map portal Svalbardkartet has been complemented with a geological map database constructed for the scale of 1:250 000.

  • New publication: Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard

    The Norwegian Polar Institute has published "Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard", a book that provides information about geosciences in Svalbard.

  • Quantarctica – A free GIS package for Antarctica

    Quantarctica is a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software Quantum GIS. The package is freely available for non-commercial use in research, education, and operation in Antarctica.

  • Earthquake on Jan Mayen

    A fairly strong earthquake shaked Jan Mayen yesterday, August 30th, at 1:43 p.m., and caused some minor damage at the station Olonkinbyen. The magnitude was determined to 6.6 by Norsar and 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Students’ impressions from geological fieldwork in Svalbard

    In July 2012 we spent one month in a field camp in northern Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, as a part of NPI’s geological mapping programme.

  • Discovery of subtropical coral reef in the vicinity of Ny Ålesund

    During summer geological fieldwork on Spitsbergen, Dierk Blomeier and his current MSc student Thomas Goode (Southampton, UK) discovered a spectacular fossilised warm-water reef, perfectly exposed along the SW coast of Brøggerhalvøya.

  • Exhibit of giant fossil

    In summer 2007, scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute participated in the excavation of a 240 million years old fossil of an Ichthyosaur in Svalbard. The fossil is part of an exhibition at the Tromsø Museum, where the general public may have a closer look at the old giant.

  • Strong earthquake in Svalbard

    An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale was registered early morning 21st February at 3:46 a.m. (local time) in Storfjorden, about 140 km south-east of Longyearbyen. This is the strongest quake in Norwegian history.