En liten hilsen fra nordligste Grønland

Team two blogg, 2007-07-30

by  Nicolaj Krog Larsen, Per Möller, Henriette Linge, Eric Steen Hansen

The Twin Otter makes a 180 degree turn for the final approach to the landing strip when Nicolaj cries out: look, a polar bear with a small cub! A few minutes later - bump, bump - and we are grounded. We are now the northernmost people on earth with solid ground below our feet, more exactly at Kap Morris Jessup on the north coast of Greenland at c. 83.5 degrees north.

We means Team 2 in the LongTerm project, consisting of Per Möller and Nicolaj Krog Larsen from Lund University (specializing in glacial geology), Henriette Linge from Bergen university (a specialist in dating rock surfaces and boulders by means of cosmic radionuclides) and Eric Steen Hansen from Copenhagen university, a biologist specializing in lichens. We are here primarily for investigating climatic and environmental change along North Greenland?s coasts over the Holocene (11,500 years back) or as far as the geologic record goes. We have now been in our camp since the 25th of July in beautiful arctic weather; just blue skies and a gentle cool breeze from the frozen Artic Sea in the north, making the temperature barely reaching four degrees. Though a polar desert, part of the ground is covered in violet Saxifraga and yellow poppy, and the odd white polar hare and grouse with numerous chickens wonder who we are to invade their territory.

The geological work at this place is now more or less finished, meaning that we have dug down in most sections available, looking for evidence of past glacier advancements and retreats, and change in sea level and sea ice conditions. Some 70 lichens have been found and determined to species.

We are now waiting for pick up by the Twin Otter and a transfer to Sifs Valley some 35 km to the east.

Hilsen fra Per, Nicolaj, Eric og Henriette


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