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Finland's Kvarken Archipelago has been added this year as an extension of the High Coast of Sweden, which was named a World Heritage site in 2000. The archipelago adds 480,000 acres (194,400 hectares) of land and sea to the overall protected area.

Kvarken's craggy landscape of 5,600 islands is even now being formed by glacial retreat. As glaciers melt, the land underneath rises up, and new islands are constantly appearing. This geologic phenomenon, known as isostatic rebound, was first recognized in the Kvarken region.

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