More East Greenland nunataks
The 250 kilometers of East Greenland coastline between the Kangerdlugssuatsiaq and Sermilik fjords are packed with mountain ranges and fields of nunataks, stretching from 60 to 100 kilometers inland from the coast. This series of images from Flickr user Dave Orchard provides good wide-angle and close-up views of some of these ice-covered mountains.
The first four images provide a broad perspective of the landscape. The nunataks are mostly snow-covered (the pictures were taken in early March). Clouds cover the mountains in the foreground, but the air is clear in the distance, with visibility extending about 150 kilometers to the most distant points along the shoreline.
Note the sweeping curve of the shoreline in the upper right. The Sermilik Fjord lies to the north, just beyond the most distant point visible on the shoreline.
The next five images provide close-up details of some of the individual nunataks. The low angle of the sun casts the vertical profile of the mountains in sharp relief
The ice sheet here is more of a continuous surface, rather than being broken up into individual glaciers, but some movement of the ice sheet can be seen here by the crevasses in the ice in the foreground.
The last four images return to a wider view as we move away from the shore and closer to the inland icecap. These are the last few isolated nunataks before we reach the broad, featureless sweep of the icecap, which lies toward the upper left of this image, and stretches uninterrupted for over 600 kilometers to the west.
Photos taken: March 5, 2006
Photos by: Dave Orchard