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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.

Southwestern Coast of Greenland in Summer

September 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - July 28th, 2009

Greenland - July 28th, 2009

The coastline of Greenland visible here stretches from Disko Island, or Qeqertarsuaq, at the top left,  to the town of Paamiut towards the lower right.

Many fjords are visible along this part of the country’s western coastline, appearing various shades of turquoise and tan. Further inland, the terrain is covered by the central ice sheet and white snow.

In this image, the coastal areas are mostly free of snow due to the higher summer temperatures. Please click here to see an image of the same area taken in spring, with the coast blanketed by snow.

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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