Greenland, Greenland, Greenland …April 24, 2007 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Climate change, Google Earth, Greenland, Iceland | 3 Comments
An island made by global warming
By Michael McCarthy, Environmental Editor, The Independent Online
Published: 24 April 2007
The map of Greenland will have to be redrawn. A new island has appeared off its coast, suddenly separated from the mainland by the melting of Greenland’s enormous ice sheet, a development that is being seen as the most alarming sign of global warming.
Several miles long, the island was once thought to be the tip of a peninsula halfway up Greenland’s remote east coast but a glacier joining it to the mainland has melted away completely, leaving it surrounded by sea.
The map above is today’s image from Google Earth (which could be from images two or three years old, I have heard …)
If you hear any rumours that Greenland must have been green when Eric the Red landed there, here’s the latest official explanation:
According to the sagas, it was the Viking Erik the Red, who gave Greenland its name. Having been exiled from both his native Norway and later also from Iceland, he headed west and discovered a country with an inviting fjord landscape and fertile, green valleys. Once back in Iceland he spread the word of the good opportunities for starting a new life in the new country which he called ‘The green land’ – and in the summer it really is green here.