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HALO BOUVETØYA

By Jyri Hamalainen

Published by Raider Publishing International at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 by Jyri Hamalainen

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Foreword



There is an island in the southern ocean, halfway between South Africa and the Antarctic mainland, which is battered by severe storms year round. There is no plant life. There are no human settlements. There is no anchorage. Natural harbours are non-existent around a black ring of basalt cliffs, a rampart against the onslaught of screaming winds and a battering ram of waves pounding in from the west. Apart from providing brief resting for seals and albatross in transit, life on an ongoing basis is unsustainable. There is simply nothing there of attraction. It serves no apparent purpose. It was as if at creation, nature had swung the island out as an off-cut, in favour of a better design. Westward-travelling low-pressure weather systems en route via Bouvetoya Island often strike glancing but spectacular blows on the shores of South Africa. The devastation from seven-metre waves and hundred kilometres per hour winds is well recorded. Bouvetoya, otherwise known as Bouvet Island, is the heart of the southern ocean weather engine, and is thus easily judged and sensibly avoided.

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