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Disko Island Between Greenland Mainland and Baffin Bay Ice

69.8N 53.4W

March 15th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - February 23rd, 2010

Greenland - February 23rd, 2010

Disko Island or Qeqertarsuaq (meaning “the large island”), is a big island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland at a latitude of 70° North, and to the north of Disko Bay.

It is visible here in the upper left quadrant between mainland Greenland (right) and the frozen surface of Baffin Bay (left). The swirled pattern is caused by ice that melts and freezes, taking on the shape of the water currents.

It has an area of 8,578 square kilometers (3,312 square miles), making it the second largest island of Greenland (after the main island of Greenland) and one of the 100 largest islands in the world.

The island has a length of about 160 kilometers (99 miles), an area of 8,578 square kilometers (5,330 square miles), and rises to an average height of 975 meters (3198 feet), peaking at 1,919 meters (6294 feet). The port of Qeqertarsuaq (named after the island, and also known as Godhavn) lies on its southern coast.

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