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Map Nordaustlandet East - Svalbard


Austfonna, with a glacier front of 200 km long, is the world's third-largest icecap after Antarctic and Greenland.
This is the largest glacier of Europe. The thickness of ice of Austfonna is of more than 560 m. A great part of the base is under the sea level, just like in Greenland and in Antarctica.

A significant number of glaciers in Svalbard from time to time advance with extraordinary high velocity, up to several kilometers during 3-6 years (surge).

Between 1936 and 1938 a 30 km wide sector of the large ice cap on Nordaustlandet, Austfonna, experienced a surge advance of more than 20 km into the ocean. This is presumably the longest surge advance ever recorded at any glacier.

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