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Ice Moving Towards the Coast of Greenland

68.0N 31.6W

October 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - September 30th, 2009

Greenland - September 30th, 2009

The total area of Greenland is 2,166,086 km² (836,109 sq mi), of which the Greenland Ice Sheet covers 1,755,637 km² (677,676 sq mi) (81%). The weight of this massive ice sheet has depressed the central land area to form a basin lying more than 300 m (1,000 ft) below sea level.

The ice flows generally from the center of the island to the coast, as can be seen in the image. Most of the left side of the image is covered by ice, which appears light grey. As one moves closer to the coast (right), mountain peaks become visible above the ice, and the ice can be seen flowing between the peaks, downwards towards the ocean.

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