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Moffen (Nature reserve)

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Coordinates: 079° 58.837' N , 014° 30.585' E
Country: Svalbard and Jan Mayen


Moffen is a small island in the north of Svalbard, about 5 square kilometers big. The shape resembles a muff (hence its name), or a ring – it is round with a small lagoon in the middle. At first glance it does not look interesting – it is flat and stony, covered only with moss. However, it is important for two reasons.
Firstly, it is a nature reserve and an important area for re-settlement of walruses.
Secondly, it is just above the 80th parallel, the crossing of which is the dream of many sailors and travellers. From here it is only 1111 kilometers, or 600 nautical miles to the North Pole …


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Added by Marek Rajtar on 09/11/2018 11:34:26.
Last updated by Marek Rajtar on 09/11/2018 11:49:40.
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