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Icy, Mountainous Terrain Near Western Coast of Greenland

December 31st, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Icy, mountainous terrain in Greenland - November 27th, 2008

Icy, mountainous terrain in Greenland - November 27th, 2008

This radar (ASAR) image allows us to see some of the mountainous, icy terrain near the coast of Greenland and Baffin Bay.

Greenland is the world’s largest island that is not a continent. About 81 percent of this huge island’s surface is covered by the Greenland Ice Sheet.

The weight of the ice has depressed the central land area into a basin shape, whose base lies more than 300 metres (984 ft) below the surrounding ocean.

Elevations rise suddenly and steeply near the coast, as we can see from the steeper terrain in the image.

The ice flows generally to the coast from the center of the island, visible as a smoother grey area between the jagged black and white of the mountains.

source Wikipedia

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