Sand Drift in Norway Caused by Sea-Level Changes and Human Activity

Hoddevik, Norway. Photo source: ©© Maria Helgesen


The sand along the south-western coastal rim of Norway has drifted for more than 9000 calendar years. This was triggered by sea-level changes and human activities, new research has found.

Researchers in countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland study sand drift, but most of them are focusing only on sand dunes along the coastline, not on the plains further inland, necessary to understand the whole process.

“Sand dunes are dynamic. For all we know, they may have been formed last year…”

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