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Svalbard families and family life in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen - Photo Svalbard ImagesAn-Magritt Jensen and Kari Moxnes, sociologists of family and childhood, are interested in the particularity of the families living in Longyearbyen. They are currently interviewing families in Longyearbyen about their every-day life for their research at the Department of Sociology and Political Science of the University of Trondheim (NTNU).

For these sociologists, when using the keywords families and Svalbard on search engines, the results do not refer to human families but rather to flowers families or polar bears. However Longyearbyen has more and more the aspects of a family society, a development which is politically approved as a stabilizing element of the population in Svalbard. Three aspects of the family society in Longyearbyen are approached in this study.

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An entire pliosaur discovered in Svalbard

Extent of the pliosaur with J�rn H. Hurum as scale - Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, NorwayAn intact specimen of the ''tyrannosaurus of the sea'', a 150 million year-old pliosaur, was discovered last summer in Spitsbergen in the area of Diabasodden, by a team of paleontologists from the University of Oslo led by professors Jørn Hurum and Hans Arne Nakrem.

Until now, only fragments of this predator have been found in England, Russia and Argentina. Nicknamed ''The Monster'' by the team which discovered it, this specimen measures approximately 8 to 9 meters length and was to weigh between 10 and 15 tons.

The pliosaurs (or short-necked plesiosaurs) were aquatic, carnivorous mesozoic reptiles, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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