Temporary Map Drawn by Spring

Ritva Ikonen

Siuntio, Finland

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“Temporary Map Drawn by Spring” was featured in the group SEASONS CHANGE, nothing MAN MADE. ( NATURE LANDSCAPES), April 2011.

The World heritage area of Kvarken Archipelago (in FInland) is situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, a northern extension of the Baltic Sea. The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, called De Geer moraines, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago.

The Archipelago is continuously rising from the sea in a process of rapid glacio-isostatic uplift, whereby the land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at rates that are among the highest in the world. As a consequence islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, and lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens.

This shot is taken from the observation tower that raises to over 20 meters height.

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