Environment/Nature

A few billion-piece jigsaw puzzle

You’ll need the box

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A billion pieces…

These slopes surround Longyearbyen. A jumble of billions of pieces of talus could, with a bit of patience and a lot of time, be put back together. Rock caps give way to steep slopes and mounds of coal mine tailings stretch across the valley floor, all creeping toward the fjord. Rock slides etch the ridges with geometric patterns that stand out under light snow cover. Ridge after ridge stands against the sky, crumbling into the earth.

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A few billion more…

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Maybe a bigger table…

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Or the floor.

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