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Credit: M. Eby

Lichen covered beach boulders in an area of Sweden called Höga Kusten (High Coast). This former beach is now several hundred metres above sea level due to isostatic rebound since the retreat of ice from the High Coast 9 600 years ago. The uplift so far is approximately 285 m, which is the highest known rebound. The land is still rising at about 1 cm/year. Höga Kusten was designated a world heritage site on January 27, 2005.

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UVic / SEOS / Climate Group / About Front Page Picture / Lichen on Boulders in Sweden Last updated: Thursday, 05-Jun-2008 09:07:13 PDT
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