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Ilulissat Icefjord

Listed under Frozen Landscapes in Greenland.

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This vast icefjord runs from the Greenland Ice Sheet to the town of the same name, Ilulissat. Its main claim to fame is that at its eastern end is the Jakobshavn Isbræ Glacier, the Northern Hemisphere’s mot prolific dumper of icebergs into the ocean. They break off in massive chunks, up to a kilometer in height and float along the fjord, often only to become trapped in the shallow mouth.

25 to 30 metres of glacier sheave off each day, so the fjord is often pretty filled with icebergs which are gradually broken up and forced out into the ocean by more icebergs breaking off behind them. They then float off, not disappearing entirely until they get about level with New York.

One of the most spectacular frozen landscapes to visit and admire because of all the creaking, cracking action you can expect to see there.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Ilulissat Icefjord”

'Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is o… Read more...

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