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Norwegians eye Arctic exhibition park. Svalbard could get its own ‘Jurassic Park’, showcasing fossils found in the archipelago. The surrounding Barents Sea was uplifted about 60 million years ago, with different sediments spanning the last 600 million years containing fossils. Moreover, northern parts of Svalbard are up to 3.2 billion years old.

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Norwegians eye Arctic exhibition park

Published on Monday, 24th August, 2015 at 10:46 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 24th August 2015 at 12:28.

Svalbard could get its own ‘Jurassic Park’, showcasing fossils found in the archipelago.

Inside the Svalbard Museum
Inside the Svalbard Museum
Photo: Peter Turvey/Flickr


The surrounding Barents Sea was uplifted about 60 million years ago, with different sediments spanning the last 600 million years containing fossils.

Moreover, northern parts of Svalbard are up to 3.2 billion years old.

Behind the initiative for the park is The Svalbard Museum located in Longyearbyen.

Staff there wants to build a park with a glass dome where large fossils found on the groups of islands can be set out and viewed.

The idea of the dome at what is hoped to be another tourist attraction, irrespective of the weather, is to bring in surrounding light in the dark months of the year.

It is also intended that the dome can be visible from planes when flying into Longyearbyen airport, reports NRK.

University of Oslo Palaeontologist Jørn Hurum, who supports the move, has been excavating fossils in Svalbard for many years.

As well as having identified a 50-foot-long (some 15 metres) fossil predator known as ‘T. rex of the ocean’, his findings also include a 13-metre-long Pliosaurus (a marine predator) that existed there about 147 million years ago.

“There are amazing fossils almost everywhere [on Svalbard], so I think setting them out in an orderly manner in Longyearbyen is important,” Mr Hurum told the broadcaster.

“It’s going to be expensive,” said Svalbard Museum director Tora Hultgreen about the project called ‘Jurassic Park’, currently under consideration by the Arts Council Norway, “but I believe it’ll be worth every krone.”



Published on Monday, 24th August, 2015 at 10:46 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 24th August 2015 at 12:28.

This post has the following tags: fossils, jurassicpark.





  
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