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Greenland’s Disko Island, in Baffin Bay

April 17th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - April 5th, 2009

Greenland - April 5th, 2009

Greenland‘s central ice sheet is blanketed by white snow; its western edges evident by the start of grooved terrain along the coastline. Further west, much of Baffin Bay is covered with cracking ice.

Disko Island, or Qeqertarsuaq, is visible in the top left quadrant. It is a large island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland at a latitude of less than 70° North, and to the north of Disko Bay.

It has an area of 8,578 square kilometers (3,312 square miles), making it the second largest island of Greenland (the main island of Greenland itself being the largest).

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 (1,066 yards), peaking at 1,919 meters (2,099 yards).

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