“I love the desert and its incomparable sense of space”
Robyn Davidson

The term desert is usually associated with hot climate, low precipitations and huge sandy areas, devoid of vegetation. In contrast, the Polar Deserts are characterised by a dry climate, poor vegetation and their area is covered by a permanent ice sheet.

Svalbard is the only place in northern Europe, with a continuous sequence of sediments from Precambrian to Quaternary, which is exposed on large areas.

According to Plate Tectonics Theory, the paleogeographic position of Svalbard was different during the Devonian period (360-400 million years ago). At that time, Svalbard was located north of the Equator and there was a dry, desert-like climate, during which characteristic red sandstones were created. In early Carboniferous (320-360 million years ago), Svalbard was drifting from the desert climate of Devonian time, entering wetter, more tropical climate. In the mean time, in the central parts of Spitsbergen, Carboniferous deposits of coal were formed, which the Russians excavated in the Pyramiden settlement until 1998.

Currently, about 60% of the archipelago is glacier-covered, with many outlet glaciers terminating in the sea. Today’s climate of Svalbard is arctic. In spite of its geographical location, winters are not very cold, as the warm Gulf Stream arrives here. The cold polar air from the north and mild, wet sea air from the south meet, creating low pressure, changeable weather and strong winds.

The series was taken on Svalbard, in July 2018.