Jean ROBERT Nature and Travel Photography

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About 5 miles (8 km) wide, alternating in flow between the open sea on the west and Vestfjorden on the east, the current reaches a speed of 7 miles (11 km) per hour with the changing of the tides. Strong local winds make the passage additionally dangerous. The word maelstrom entered the English language via the fiction of the French novelist Jules Verne and the American short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe, who exaggerated the current of the channel into a great whirlpoo
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