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Moskenstraumen

(môsk`ənstrou'mən) or

Maelstrom

(māl`strəm), tidewater whirlpool in the Lofoten Islands, NW Norway. Formed when tidal currents flow through coastal fjords and a maze of small islands, it is c.2.5 mi (4 km) wide and may at its center reach a speed of 10 ft (3 m) per second. It is a danger to small ships and has been described with great imagination by Edgar Allan PoePoe, Edgar Allan,
1809–49, American poet, short-story writer, and critic, b. Boston. He is acknowledged today as one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature.
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, 1828–1905, French novelist, originator of modern science fiction. After completing his studies at the Nantes lycée, he went to Paris to study law. He early became interested in the theater and wrote (1848–50) librettos for operettas.
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| The Moskstraumen whirlpools off the Norway coast are among the tidal phenomena featured in Cwmni Da's Llanw series |
Fresh from swimming the River Eden last year, Robbie Calum and Jack Hudson will take on the mighty Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen in Norway for their next challenge this summer.