Studies of permafrost and periglacial phenomena in 2000 were carried out on scientific expeditions to Spitsbergen, Svalbard. These were continuations of programmes started in previous years.


On Spitsbergen studies were carried out in the summer season of 2000 on Wedel Jarlsberg Land, Bellsund Fjord region, on Oscar II Land, Kaffioyra Plain and on Billefjord, Petunia Bukta. The research programme was conducted by teams from: Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin (Bellsund Region), Nicolai Copernici University in Toru (Kaffioyra) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna (Petunia Bukta). The investigations included dynamics of the permafrost and active layer, periglacial processes and deposits, and dynamics of glaciers. The results of investigations carried out by the Polish Polar Center are presented every year at the polar symposium of the Polar Club of the Polish Geographical Society and the Polar Research Committee, as well as on polar sessions. The proceedings are published after each session and symposium (e.g. 26th International Polar Symposium‘The Polish Polar Research - The 25th Jubilee of the Polar Club of the Polish Geographical Society’ Polish Polar Studies, ed. J.Repelewska-Pekalowa, Lublin 1999, 428 pages.). The next, 27th International Polar Symposium will be organised in the Nicolai Copernici University in Toru , 1-3 December, 2000. The Polish periglacial community mentions with great sadness the passing of Professor Anna Dylikowa, University of Lodz.

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