South Greenland coastlines
This series of images from Flickr user Iglet crosses over southern Greenland, bringing us photos from both the east and west coasts. We start a view of the peninsulas and islands of the far western coast. Just above center is the peninsula called Kangeq Avangnardleq, while the island of Uummannaq is in the upper right.
We're now a little further inland. Uummannaq is now at the far left. In the center of the image is the Sermiligarssuk fjord, with the Neriak fjord at the topmost part of the image.
Further inland still, Sermiligarssuk fjord now runs horizontally through the center of the image. In the foreground is the two-pronged bay called Taartoq. Note the light snow cover on the landscape. This part of West Greenland is free of permanent ice - the edge of the icecap lies about thirty miles further east.
We continue to follow Sermiligarssuk fjord further inland. Three fjords are visible here: Sermiligarssuk in the foreground, Neriak above it, and further up, Sermilik. The Sermilik fjord is normally heavily ice-choked; it is relatively clear in this shot, although it does show a little more ice than the other fjords.
We finally reach the head of Sermiligarssuk, where the fjord splits into two branches, each fed by a glacier extending from the inland icecap. The upper glacier seen here flows directly into the waters of the fjord, while the lower glacier terminates about two miles from the water's edge, producing a smooth outflow plain extending down to the top of the fjord.
We now leave behind the fjords of West Greenland. Having crossed about 160 miles of featureless icecap, we're approaching the eastern coastline. These nunataks protrude through the icecap about 13 miles from the coast.
This is our first glimpse of the eastern coastline. At right-center is the Mogens Heinesen Fjord.
The final image shows the offshore ice, extending about seven miles or more off the coast. Mogens Heinesen Fjord extends to the left, while the island of Ikermiit lies in the foreground.
Photos taken: April 5, 2006
Photos by: Iglet