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Sweden's High Coast

SWEDEN | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Views [864]

Stepping stones, High Coast WHS

Stepping stones, High Coast WHS

The Ice Age really left its mark on Sweden, scouring out the thousands of glacial lakes that define the countryside.  But a more remarkable thing occurred 10,000 years ago when the thick ice finally melted.  The land north of Härnösands, unburdened by countless tons of ice, began to rise.  At about a centimeter a year, a meter every century, the High Coast as it is known, now rises 300 meters above the sea, the greatest uplift in the world.  And a similar event took place across the bay in Finland.  Luckily such a marvel achieved World Heritage status, or how would we have ever heard of it?  

  The uplift viewed from the Visitors Center

 

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