Monday, 4 January 2010

Nunataks in Greenland

Nunataks (ice-free summits ) in East Greenland.

A Nunatak is an exposed peak, not covered with ice or snow, in an ice field or glacier. Nunataks are reference points in glaciers or ice caps.
As the ice cap recedes, these rock formations are more frequently visible. They are more typical of the northeast coast.

Gunnbjørn Fjeld is a nunatak.

Gunnbjørn Fjeld, peaking at 3733 m, is Greenland's highest mountain: on the east coast, south of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) - a rocky peak protruding through glacial ice.
Location 68° 55′ N 29° 54′ W