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Going Dutch: Researchers return to ‘completely different’ island 40 years later


When Ko de Korte, 72, first came to Svalbard to study birds in 1966, he and three fellow Dutch students knew they’d be dealing with lots of isolation and a need to be highly self-dependent. Forty years later he was anything but alone during his observations, but there was still an element of isolation.

“Everyone’s looking at their iPads,” he said with a laugh.