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Natural Wonders of the Polar Regions
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Sondre Stromfjord
Greenland, Arctic
Earth's Natural Wonders in the Polar Regions
Alternative name: Kangerlussuaq
Length of fjord: 100 miles (160 km)
Width of fjord: 3 miles (5 km)
 
 
 
Kangerlussuaq [1]

 

The Inuit name for Sondre Stromfjord is Kangerlussuaq, which translate as "the long fjord." Located on Greenland's southwest coast, this 100 mile fjord cuts a straight path into the interior of Greenland. It is one of the logest fjords in the world, and lies frames by dramatic, glacial-carved mountains, 40 miles (60 km) north of the Arctic Circle. The dry, low arctic area has diverse habitats such as heaths, salt lakes, and moutain tundra, which are home ti a rich mix of wildlife, including caribou, musk oxen, and arctic fox. [2]

 

During the period from 1986 to early 1990s, mining companies have explored the Skærgården area in the Kangerlussuaq Fjord for gold, palladium, platinum and ilmenite (titanium dioxide). The fjord is situated halfway between Ammassalik and Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, in East Greenland. The exploration was performed by Platinova Resources Ltd. and Corona Corporation, and later by Platinova A/S and RTZ Mining and Exploration Ltd. In 1999, Platinova A/S relinquished its exploration licence.
The mining companies drilled in total 27 holes of approximately 16,600 m. The drilling confirmed two mineralised layers, which covered about 15 km2. This area represented c. 60% of the so-called Skærgård intrusion. Based on the drilling results the estimated resource was c. 71 million tons grading approximately 2.5 g per tons.[3]

 

By far the most important animals hunted are ringed seal, narwhal and polar bear. About 1000 to 2000 ringed seals, 20 to 30 narwhals and 25 to 35 polar bears are caught in a single season. These three species are described in detail in the paper. Bearded seal, hooded seal and harp seal are caught in numbers of 50 to 200 per season and fish and birds are caught only on a small scale. Information regarding the catch and distribution of marine mammals through the year is listed by the month. [4]

 

Departure Frobisher Bay,( Iqaluit) in Labrador to Sondre Strom Fjord, Greenland.

 

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March 02, 2009

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References
 
1.  Wikimedia Commons-retrieved 7/25/2009
2. 1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p. 492- Michael Bright-retrieved 7/25/2009
3. National Environmental Research Institute-Kangerlussuaq-retrieved 7/25/2009
4. University of Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-retrieved 7/25/2009
 

 

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