Sundnesset, Barentsoya, Whale Bone, Sub Fossil - Svalbard - 9

Svalbard / Spitsbergen pictures, travel in the Arctic

A sub fossil is a very old bone that is probably thousands of years old. This dates from long before whalers came to Svalbard. This area was under the sea until tectonic forces lifted the sea floor out of the sea. This bone would probably have been buried in sediment and on its way to becoming a fossil until it was exposed again and sediment blown away. It will now slowly decay by being eroded by the weather over hundreds more years.

76° 56.7' N, 15° 49.9' E

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