Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 29 Number 1: 13-22 - January 1967

A publication of the National Speleological Society

The Jordbruen Area of Northern Norway - An Example of High Latitude Karst
Thomas E. Wolfe


This report on a high latitude karst area in a metamorphosed limestone near the Arctic Circle considers factors important in the devlopment of the cave system: glaciation, isostatic recovery, and frozen ground. A glacial and post glacial development of the system, Jordbrugrotten, is postulated. Development of a small "paraphreatic" system ends with the deposition of varved clays at the bottom of a lake marginal to a glacier. Postglacial development of the long, shallow vadose passage is related to prolonged uplift due to isostatic readjustment.

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