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Did you know…

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Greenland is the 12th largest country in the world, with a size of 2,166,086 square kilometers, making it the world’s largest island that is not a continent. But also Greenland is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with a population of approximately 57,000. 

landscapeMost of Greenland (about 81%) is covered in ice, except for a narrow strip of coastline around the island, where all Greenland’s cities are located.

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet on Earth, behind the Antarctic Ice sheet. The weight of the ice sheet had caused much of Greenland to sink about 300 meters below sea level!

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet on Earth, behind the Antarctic Ice sheet. The weight of the ice sheet had caused much of Greenland to sink about 300 meters below sea level!

 

Ice is white – no? The Black Ice Story

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We are here with Prof Jason Box who has been monitoring changes on the Greenland icesheet to try and tell people what’s happening in this remote but important location.
Yesterday we took a helicopter ride to Kiagtût Sermiat Glacier which was really cool where Jason Box is recording how fast this glacier is melting.
I noticed all this black stuff on the ice, and was really surprised and sad to find out it was soot from our industrial world which seems so far away.
The glaciers and ice are covered in this really black soot like substance. Jason calls it Cryocynite which is making the glaciers melt even faster as they are absorbing more sun not reflect it.
I wanted to know where it was coming from. Jason said as far away as bushfires in Canada, the US, Europe, and from big business who are polluting the air that we breathe.

“It is a vast natural laboratory.” – Jason Box (geological survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS)

“It is a vast natural laboratory.” – Jason Box (geological survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS)

Icebergs up ahead!

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Finally arriving at Nasarssuaq, we noticed how the bay is completely packed with icebergs from the fjords. The locals mentioned that they never had so many icebergs during this time of year in the last few decades.

As we were crossing the bay to reach our hostel, the Lief Kensington hostel, we passed a few giant icebergs along the way. The group’s impression on it started of with more excitement than worry, since all of us have never seen this sort of sightings before.

After settling in our hostel, we decided to head to the nearest fjord/valley, where the icebergs were born, to document the whole situation on camera. Towering to about 10m in the air, we were overwhelmed by the gigantic size of these bergs. We began to noticed how difficult it was to navigate through the icebergs. not only did the captain had to watched out for normal icebergs, there were black ice half submerged in the water as well, which is transparent ice that are hard to spot and can easily be hit.

This unusual event was simply due to the amount of rain they had this season, which is cause by an increase in the warming of the ocean. Rain causes the glacials to have cracks in their structure, which in turn produces more icebergs.

Hearing about this, I remembered my flight attendant mentioning that Nuuk had 8 months of snow this year. Climate change has caused the areas in Greenland to have much severe winter and warmer summer. In other words, a colder winter and more icebergs to navigate through in the summer.

The arctic is..?

Arriving in the arctic. What do each of the earthTeam members say about it? Also we met Jason Box.