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Greenland Arctic Desert and Northernmost Land in the World

In northern Greenland precipitation is so low, that many areas can be called Arctic deserts. In particular Peary Land has precipitation levels of only about 25 to 200 mm per year, all as snow, and was not covered by glaciers during the most recent ice age. Peary Land with Oodaaq island is the northernmost land of the world. The coastline is deeply indented by smaller fjords. Highest peak of Peary Land is Mara Mountain of Roosevelt Mountain Range, 1,155 meters high. Peary Land is not part of any municipality, but is part of the Northeast Greenland National Park. The size of the region is about 375 km east-west and 200 km north-south, with an estimated area of 57 000 km_. It is only a bit more than 700 km south of the North Pole. The area is mountainous, with elevations up to 1 950 m in the heavily glaciated Roosevelt Range. It is free of Greenland's inland ice cap. Being mostly north of the 82°N parallel, it contains the most northerly ice-free region of the world.

Year: 2012

Tags: desert ecosystems fauna flora Greenland Tierra del Fuego

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