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Ice off Greenland’s East Coast

79.4N 21W

June 17th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - June 7th, 2009

Greenland - June 7th, 2009

Part of Greenland’s eastern coast is visible here, bordered by the Greenland Sea. All towns and settlements of Greenland are situated along the coast, although the population is concentrated along the west coast.

Here, changes in ice solidity create swirled patterns in the sea. This arm of the Arctic Ocean is the ocean’s main outlet to the Atlantic. The progressively colder waters of North Atlantic Current sink in the Arctic Ocean, returning south in the form of cold East Greenland Current, an important part of the Atlantic conveyor belt.

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