Uunartoq Qeqertaq (Island Week 6)

We often hear that global warming and rising sea levels will lead to the disappearance of low-lying islands such as the Maldives. However, climate change is also having the opposite effect – revealing islands that were previously unknown. The most notable example of this is Greenland’s Uunartoq Qeqertaq. Uunartoq Qeqertaq (Greenlandic for The Warming Island) lies a few hundred metres off the northern tip of Liverpool Land, a peninsula on Greenland’s eastern coast. Virtually all historical observations showed glacial ice connecting the distinctive W-shaped land form to the mainland, and geographers assumed that it was just an extension…

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