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Knud Rasmussen 02
26 June 2007 David Astley

Knud Rasmussen 02


The Knud Rasmussen glacier is one of two glaciers that are actively calving icebergs into this fjord. Like most glaciers in Greenland, it is slowly receding, but this is not a new phenomenon. New research published by the University of Aarhus last year suggests that glaciers in Greenland have been receding for more than 100 years. It is possible that global warming, and the increases in temperatures that have been recorded in Greenland since the mid-1990s might accelerate that recession, but researchers say it is too early to register the effects of the current global warming on the movement of glaciers. The average recession of the glaciers studied by the researchers was calculated at 8 metres a year since 1953. This shot of the north-western side of the glacier is the same part of the glacier that you can see in the aerial photograph titled ‘Sermiligao 05’ later in this gallery.

Nikon D200 , AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm 1:4 G ED
f/6.3, 1/400, 16mm, CPL full exif

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