Researchers Spot World’s ‘Northernmost’ Island However It Can Disappear Quickly

Researchers Spot World's 'Northernmost' Island But It Can Disappear Soon

An aerial view of a tiny island off the coast of Greenland revealed by shifting pack ice.


Scientists have found what’s believed to be the world’s northernmost landmass — a yet-to-be-named island north of Greenland that might quickly be swallowed up by seawaters.

Researchers came across the landmass on an expedition in July, and initially thought they’d reached Oodaaq, up till now the northernmost island on the planet.

“We have been knowledgeable that there had been an error on my GPS which had led us to consider that we have been standing on Oodaaq Island,” stated the pinnacle of the mission, Morten Rasch from Copenhagen College’s division of geosciences and pure useful resource administration.

“In actuality, we had found a brand new island additional north, a discovery that simply barely expands the dominion” of Denmark, he added.

Oodaaq is a few 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the North Pole, whereas the brand new island is 780 metres (2,560 ft) north of Oodaaq.

Copenhagen College stated in an announcement late Friday the “yet-to-be-named island is… the northernmost level of Greenland and some of the northerly factors of land on Earth.”

However it’s only 30 to 60 metres above sea stage, and Rasch stated it could possibly be a “short-lived islet”.

“Nobody is aware of how lengthy it can stay. In precept, it might disappear as quickly as a strong new storm hits.”

The autonomous Danish territory of Greenland has grabbed headlines in recent times, most notably in 2019 when former US president Donald Trump stated he wished to purchase the Arctic territory.

The proposal, described as “absurd” by the Danish authorities, induced a diplomatic kerfuffle, but additionally signalled renewed American curiosity within the area.

It has additionally been arduous hit by local weather change as hotter temperatures have melted its glaciers, inflicting alarming sea stage rise.

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