The High Coast


The High Coast

Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Kvarken Archipelago / High Coast


State Party = FIN and SWE
Type = Natural
Criteria = viii
ID = 898
Region = Europe and North America
Year = 2000
Session = 24th
Extension = 2006
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/898

The High Coast ( _sv. Höga kusten) is a part of the Swedish coast on the Gulf of Bothnia, situated in the municipalities of Kramfors, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik and notable as the "type area" for research on isostasy, in which the land rises as the weight of the glaciers melts off of it. This phenomenon was first recognised and studied there; since the last ice age the land has risen 800 m, which accounts for the unusual landscape with tall cliff formations.

UNESCO, while inscribing the area on the World Heritage List in 2000, remarked that "the High Coast site affords outstanding opportunities for the understanding of the important processes that formed the glaciated and land uplift areas of the Earth's surface".

External links

* [http://www.highcoast.net/ Official Höga Kusten website]
* [http://www.hogakustenbron.nu/ Höga Kusten Bridge]
* [http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/898 World Heritage profile]
* [http://www.hogakusten.com/ Höga Kusten tourism website]


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