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Greenland And The Netherlands Look To CryoSat For Answers On Ice
2011-10-17 07:54:30

As the impact of climate change is felt in the Arctic, ESA´s CryoSat ice mission is highlighted as a source of vital information at an exhibition in the Netherlands opened by HRH the Prince of Orange. The exhibition, called Roots2Share, opened on 13 October at the museum of culture and science, Museon, in The Hague. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the cultural relationship between Greenland and the Netherlands and their interests in understanding more about the Arctic and...

2011-10-05 15:03:00

SEATTLE, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Reykjavik Calling is back in Seattle for a second year with an expanded international line-up featuring musicians from Seattle, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The "sister city" showcase was born out of a clear musical and cultural tie between Seattle and Reykjavik and to celebrate the talented musicians and new music emerging from both cities. The inaugural showcase in 2010 clearly struck the right chord with Seattle music fans who packed...

Bowhead Whales Use Northwest Passage To Migrate
2011-09-22 12:44:41

   According to research published in the journal Biology Letters, bowhead whales are using the Northwest Passage to move across the top of the Americas. Scientists analyzed skeletons, DNA samples and harpoon heads and found these giants of the Arctic living on each side of the continent did meet and mingle. Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and colleagues satellite-tagged over 100 bowheads over the last decade. The researchers...

Experts Argue New Times Atlas Wrong On Greenland
2011-09-20 05:04:20

  There is controversy surrounding the latest edition of the Times Atlas of the World, as leading scientists on Monday claimed the cartographers behind the reference tome overestimated the effects of climate change on Greenland. According to Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal, the 13th edition of the HarperCollins-published atlas, which was released last week, showed "large areas" of the nation's eastern and southern coasts, colored "brown and pink, and the permanent ice cap...

2011-09-08 20:55:42

An international team of scientists, led by Dr Stephen Barker of Cardiff University, has produced a prediction of what climate records from Greenland might look like over the last 800,000 years. Drill cores taken from Greenland's vast ice sheets provided the first clue that Earth's climate is capable of very rapid transitions and have led to vigorous scientific investigation into the possible causes of abrupt climate change. Such evidence comes from the accumulation of layers of ancient...

Meteorites May Have Brought Precious Metals to Earth
2011-09-08 04:20:54

  Precious metals such as gold, platinum and tungsten were brought to Earth by a massive meteorite shower that occurred approximately 650 million years after the planet formed, scientists from the University of Bristol revealed on Wednesday. According to a university press release, researchers Dr. Matthias Willbold and Professor Tim Elliott of the university's School of Earth Sciences, studied nearly four billion year old rock samples recovered from Greenland. The samples, which...

Image 1 - AFTER - Next Giant Ice Island Poised To Break Free From Greenland
2011-09-02 07:53:08

  Researcher Alun Hubbard, of the Center for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University said he was rendered “speechless” when a glacier about twice the size of Manhattan he and his team have been tracking appeared close to breaking off, reports MSNBC. In 2009, scientists installed GPS masts on the Petermann Glacier to track its movement and in August of last year, the “calving” event of the glacier, where it separates itself from land, began following the tides...

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2011-08-24 10:40:05

  Denmark - along with Greenland and the Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark - is looking to put itself on a collision course with four other nations, the United States, Russia, Norway, and Canada. All five countries are trying to lay claim to the Arctic Seabed, including the area around the North Pole. The document, called the Joint Arctic Strategy for 2011-2020 of the Kingdom of Denmark, was signed by Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, Prime Minister of the Faroe...

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2011-08-22 13:46:15

Current called North Icelandic Jet contributes to key component of ocean circulation If you'd like to cool off fast in hot summer weather, take a dip in a newly discovered ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ). You'd need to be far, far below the sea's surface near Iceland, however, to reach it. Scientists have confirmed the presence of the NIJ, a deep-ocean circulation system off Iceland. It could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change. The...

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2011-08-16 08:59:25

Research at Greenland and Antarctic shows decline in methane and ethane levels Recent data from NSF-funded research in both Greenland and Antarctica demonstrate that fossil-fuel related emissions of both methane and ethane, two of the most abundant hydrocarbons in the atmosphere, declined at the end of the twentieth century, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Nature. The causes of the decline in methane emission rates to the atmosphere have been puzzling scientists for...


Latest Greenland Reference Libraries

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Leif Ericson
2014-01-06 10:25:39

Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer seen as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern point of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970’s - the son of father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway. Erik founded the first...

Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

Muskox, Ovibos moschatus
2012-10-01 10:05:00

The muskox (Ovibos moschatus), also known as the musk ox, is native to the Arctic areas of Canada, United Sates, and Greenland. Populations have been introduced into Norway, Sweden, and Siberia, but these are small. There was a population in Antarctica, but it was wiped out due to hunting and climate change, which caused its habitat to decline. Despite this, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service introduced a new population onto Nunivak Island in Antarctica, as a means of supported...

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