Greenland and Baffin Island
This series of images from Flickr user mbruck77 crosses across the east and west coasts of Greenland and continues on to Canada's Baffin Island. The first image shows the coast of East Greenland from a point several kilometers offshore. At right-center is Cape Gustav Holm; to the south (left) are the large glaciers of Steenstrups Nordre Brae (at center) and Steenstrups Sondre Brae (left of center).
Here's a closer view of the terminii of the two glaciers from the previous image: Steenstrups Nordre Brae is at top-center, and Steenstrups Sondre Brae is to the left. Note how the ice of Steenstrups Nordre Brae extends almost into the open sea, a bit beyond the furthest reach of its glacial valley walls.
This image shows another set of coastal glaciers and fjords, just south of the previous images. In the center foreground here is the diminutive Iliartalik fjord, with the large flat expanse of the Idrac Glacier visible at right center.
Here's a close-up view of the tiny coastal island of Amangaq, surrounded by icebergs and the frozen sea. The island is about 1.6 kilometers wide. Note the shadows cast by the larger icebergs, which show how high some of them rise above the frozen surface of the sea.
The next image takes us slightly inland, with the Ningerti fjord running horizontally across the center of the frame, and the large Fenrisgletscher glacier visible at the left edge of the image.
The next image shows a great view of the Sermilik Fjord, one of the larger fjords in East Greenland. Several large glaciers feed into this fjord, including the Fenrisgletscher seen in the previous image. These glaciers produce an enormous volume of icebergs, which flow out to sea (toward the bottom of the frame). The larger icebergs here in the foreground measure almost two kilometers across.
Compare the image above to the one below, showing Sermilik Fjord from almost exactly the same angle. This photo was taken by Flickr user padday on the same day as the images from this series, but from a different flight. Compare the details of the positions of the larger icebergs in the high-resolution versions of the two photos (here and here) - the positions match almost exactly, indicating that the photos were taken very close together. However, the difference in the angle of the sun indicates that they do not come from the same flight.
Here's a closer view of Amagak Island, which sits toward the top of the Sermilik Fjord.
We now travel 550 kilometers west, across the inland icecap to West Greenland. This image shows a small glacier protruding from the edge of the icecap at lower left. In the center are the Qeqertaussap Kujale mountains.
Another 160 kilometers to the west, we reach the coastline of West Greenland. In the center foreground is the island of Akugdleq; above and to the right sits Narsarmiut Island.
This view of the West Greenland coast is slightly north of the previous image. The Kangerdluarssugssuaq Fjord runs across the center of the frame.
The final image takes us 500 kilometers further west to a view of the coastal cliffs of Cape Mercy, at the southern tip of the Cumberland Peninsula on Canada's Baffin Island.
Photos taken: February 24, 2007
Photos by: mbruck77
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