In The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland, Nicolai Houm turns the trope of a writer in search of a subject on its head by showing Jane's tragedies in flashback, elaborating eloquently on her grieving process as she ill-fatedly stumbles through the Dovrefjell
mountain range attempting to rediscover inspiration and closure.
ABOVE: a musk oxen shakes snow from its coat, Dovrefjell
National Park, Norway, by Roy Mangersnes, Norway These animals lived with the woolly mammoth in these mountains 40,000 years ago; BELOW: This photo was captured from the expedition vessel M/S Stockholm.
Thus, very sparse and scanty food in Svalbard resulted in small groups ([bar]x = 3.8, range = 2-11 animals), but in the Dovrefjell and Forelhogna mountains in Norway (where food resources were plentiful) reindeer aggregated into large groups ([bar]x = 290, range = 55-1,300 animals).
The Dovrefjell population in Norway is considered to be the last mountain reindeer herd in Europe (Skogland 1989a).
The Forelhogna herd in Norway east of Dovrefjell consisted of about 1,700 individuals.
This procedure excluded large groups of domestic reindeer and 1 observation in the Dovrefjell population.
Disturbance experiments were repeated (on different days) in the Dovrefjell, Wrangell, and Forelhogna groups.
Feral reindeer on Wrangell Island demonstrated a longer flight distance than all other populations except the Dovrefjell population (Table 2), and differed significantly from domestic populations (Table 3).
A correlation analysis revealed that this occurred for flight distance in Chukotka (Spearman r = -0.589, P < 0.001), Forelhogna (Spearman r= -0.602, P = 0.038), and there were indications of a similar pattern in most other populations (e.g., Bol'shezemel'skaya, Spearman r = -0.242, P= 0.058, and Dovrefjell, r=-0.301, P = 0.153).