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Uploaded on Monday 13 Sep 2010 by Lawrence Hislop

Dog sledding on sea ice, Greenland

Year: 2010 Taken by: Lawrence Hislop
The small island of Uummannaq lies on the west coast of Greenland, where more than 80% of the land is covered by an ice cap that is in places, up to 4km thick. Local Inuit residents rely very strongly on traditional hunting and fishing using dog sleds, cutting holes in the sea ice and dropping in long lines. The image demonstrates the possibility to travel and stand on sea ice during spring/summer 2009. Recent comparison can be made to the total lack of sea ice throughout the winter of 2005. This example of localized climate variation variation incurs positive and negative impacts on the community of Uummannaq.
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