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Ocean to Ice Cap: Photo Essay

Christine Massey
University of Vermont
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Continent: Greenland
Country: Greenland/Denmark


Climate Setting: Polar
Tectonic setting: Craton
Type: Process

Elevation map of Greenland with GISP2 ice core drilling location. Details

Musk oxen in the near-shore open tundra, Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland, 1989. Details

Oblique aerial view of the Greenland ice sheet margin, West Greenland, 1989. Details

Meltwater ponds transitioning to non-ablation conditions (light-colored snow and ice in background), Greenland ice sheet, 1989. Details

Greenland ice sheet summit with GISP2 drill dome and tent city, 1989. Details


Attached is a series of photographs showing a traverse of the Greenland ice sheet from its western margin at sea level, near Kangerlussuaq (formerly Sonderstrom Fjord), to the summit station at 3207m high. The photographs stem from the August 1989 field season of the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2).

Greenland Elevation Map

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