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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 6:53:07 AM

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Can you imagine anything like this:








In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Bartek78
Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 8:36:04 AM

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Wow! An awesome place.
thar
Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 8:45:40 AM

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God I am jealous sitting here, avoiding doing my work - give me a kayak and let me free. (OK, maybe not right now. Maybe in six months).

Yes, some places you really can see which direction the ice was moving in!

They are not really islands, are they? It feels more like the land has been recently scraped and the sea is a bit high at the moment...

So in Finnish that would be saaristo? - island 'collection'?
I can see what '-sto' means, but I couldn't think of a direct translation.


I never realised that was called 'the Archipelago Sea' in English, which is actually quite silly when you think about it.
I love the word archipelago but I always found it a bit confusing. Like Gulag Archipelago - I didn't think they were on islands, so that confused me. Why call it that? I think it is a Russian pun that doesn't translate so well into English!

And I was never sure whether islands in an archipelago have to be spread out in a line - like in Alaska, or can just be scattered all over the place. It really is a bizarre word - I only just bothered to look at it properly - a local term for 'the main sea' used more generally to mean lots of islands.
In Icelandic it would be eyjaklasi - island cluster.
Swedish word for it seems far more obsure - skärgårdshavets?
sheer patch sea ?Think
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 9:52:10 AM

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thar wrote:
Like Gulag Archipelago - I didn't think they were on islands, so that confused me. Why call it that? I think it is a Russian pun that doesn't translate so well into English!

In Russian there's no ending 'o' and the last syllable is stressed which makes it rhyme - Архипела́г ГУЛАГ. Probably it was meant as a collection of concentration camps scattered across our country like a collection of islands scattered across a sea.

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:47:35 AM

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thar,
Yes, we can understand we don't owe it. We just live nearby.







In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
IMcRout
Posted: Saturday, December 9, 2017 8:27:37 AM

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One of these days I'll jump on this ferry in our suburb and take a closer look. Dancing

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