Day 13: Kangerlussuaq

On a mountain overlooking hills and a river
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The expedition team reached its final destination, the town of Kangerlussuaq. After an incredible two-week expedition from Nunavut to Greenland, filled with awe, wonder, challenges, surprises and more, the entire expedition team learned a great deal about the Arctic, and each participant was inspired and forever changed.

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Day 13: Kangerlussuaq

Tall mountains and a river.
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The Greenland Icecap

In the distance is the Greenland Ice Cap. It covers over 80% of Greenland and is over 1,170,000 square kilometers. It is the second largest mass of ice in the world next to Antarctica. This digital map shows the areas where land elevation is 2,000 metres, and depicts the large extent of glacial melt between the years 1992 and 2005.

A digital map of the Greenland Icecap showing a dramatic melt extent of ice between 1992 and 2005.

Melting permafrost

The permafrost in Greenland is melting and its impacts are everywhere. Here, the banks of the river are collapsing at a rapid speed.

A close up of a body of water.