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  • 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.

  • 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.