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    • Why is there no land above sea level in Greenland?

      • Both Google Earth and Google Maps show “open ocean” north of Greenland, even though it’s normally pretty icy up there. A commonly cited reason is that the Arctic ice cap is floating on open ocean; there’s no land underneath that reaches sea level. Antarctica, on the other hand, does conceal land above sea level.
  1. #1: The Arctic is weird Icy Greenland. Both Google Earth and Google Maps show “open ocean” north of Greenland, even though it’s normally pretty icy up there. A commonly cited reason is that the Arctic ice cap is floating on open ocean; there’s no land underneath that reaches sea level.

  2. Feb 10, 2021 · The sea currents between northwest Greenland and Ellesmere Island keep the ocean ice-free, creating a kind of Arctic oasis known as the North Water Polynya. This patch of open ocean attracts a variety of birds and sea mammals — seals, whales, and, of course, walrus. “No one thought that the Norse were going that far north,” says McGovern.

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  4. Nov 17, 2021 · The country is not that far from the U.S. and Canada — at one point, only 10 miles of open ocean separate remote northern Greenland from equally remote Ellesmere Island, Canada. But for travelers anxious to explore Greenland, there are only a couple of ways to get there, and very few of them go through North America.

  5. Apr 11, 2022 · The six-year, NASA-funded Oceans Melting Greenland – OMG – mission concluded at the end of 2021. OMG Deputy Principal Investigator Eric Rignot, UCI professor of Earth system science, provided guidance to teams as they used aircraft, small boats and an array of instruments to study the impact of warming ocean water on Greenland’s land ice.

  6. Greenland is not at the North Pole. The North Pole is quite a few hundred miles north of Greenland’s northernmost point. The North Pole is not over land, it sits atop the Arctic (or Northern) Ocean. The South Pole is many many miles inland from any coast of Antarctica, although the South Pole is at least contained within Antarctica.

  7. Nov 10, 2016 · Hans Egede, the missionary, wrote that he went to Greenland 500 years ago to save its people from "eternal oblivion." Today's archaeologists fear a different oblivion—that Greenland's prehistory will be lost unless it is quickly unearthed. As pioneers who weathered climate change, the Greenland Norse may hold lessons for society today.

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