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September 5, 2006

This MODIS Terra image, acquired August 23, 2006, shows the southern portion of Greenland. As you can see from this image, about 81% of its surface is covered by ice - this is known as the Greenlandic ice cap.

The weight of it has depressed the central land area to form a basin lying more than 300 m below sea level. Because of the ice coverage, nearly all Greenlanders live along the fjords in the south-west of the main island, which has a milder climate.

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