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Knivskjellodden by Snorre

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Hidden : 07/16/2007
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Knivskjellodden is the on the isle Magerøya in Norway. It is the northernmost point of continental europe and from ther you have a lokk to the North Cape wiche rises 307 m steep out of the Barents Sea. The North Cape is a example for a steep coast.

Seen from the geomorpgological perspective the forming of a steep coast is a result of a continuous erosion of the sea and so the steep coast belongs to the litoral system. The waves are the most important geomorphological powers which are responsible for the erosion. The surge zone is area where the waves break. The surge self are the broken waves which hit the landmasses. The abrasion is defined as the erosion of the coast caused by the surge. In fig. 1 you can see a dashed line. This is the original surface of the landmasses. But in the course of time the sea erodes the landmasses to a steep coast.

But let’s investigate this process with fig. 2. The platform of abrasion (2) is called "Schorre" and here the waves are running against the landmasses. The waves break and the surge begins to fom an undercut (1). Now there is a overhang and it is only a question of time when the material of the overhang collapses because of the weight. How fast this process proceed depends on the strenght of the surge, the heights of the cliff an the power of the surge.

From Knivskjellodden you have a very good look to the northernmost cliff coast and you can observe the powers which are responsible for the cliff development. Don’t forget your binoculars. To get the approval for your log, you have to to a little bit. You can reach this point only by foot. From the road E69 there is a path to Knivskjellodden that is about 18 km long (turn-return).

At the end of the path there is a memorial from the local rambling club (called DNT). Please take a picture of you and your GPS at this memorial. You can also find a logbook from this rambling club and please log there an take a picture while you are logging. Task: If you look to the North Cape you can see the globe on top of it. How many distinctive trenches do you see in the rocks from this point direct under the globe? Please send the answer to and please log after getting the permission.

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