Greenland – the Largest Island in the World

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Greenland – the largest island in the world, located between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. More than 80% of the island is covered with ice, coastal waters drifting icebergs, and the banks were cut by fjords.

Most enormous icebergs break off from the world’s largest Jakobshavn Glacier near the town of Ilulissat on the west coast. But the attention of scientists attracted to other events – the annual melting of glaciers in Greenland, where the ice volume equivalent to 7-meter rise in the ocean.

Journalist Getty Images Joe Raedle went north and spent two weeks documenting the recent changes in Greenland, taking scenic landscapes and daily life of the inhabitants of the island.

The position of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN is that the average temperature on Earth has risen by 0,7 ° C since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (the second half of XVIII century), and that “a large proportion of observed warming over the last 50 years, attributable to human activities “, especially the emission of gases that cause the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).
But there is another version. known American physicist Freeman Dyson argues that the measures proposed to combat global warming, have long ceased to belong to the sphere of science, and are politicking and speculative business

The founder of the Weather Channel Weather Channel, journalist John Coleman says, “so-called global warming is the greatest scam in history . ” According to him, “some vile and cowardly scientists to protect the environment and the different policy objectives brazenly manipulated long-term observation of the weather, to give people the illusion of global warming.”

The basic idea of ​​the second version – no rapid climate change, and there is no impact of humanity on the Earth’s climate is negligible, do not flatter yourself. Just warming and cooling on the planet – it’s the usual batch processes. Our planet is not in danger. After one or two decades, the failure of the theory of global warming, it may be obvious to all. A famous theory about the “ozone hole”.

By the way, the ice sheet covers about 80 percent of Greenland, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

In Greenland, home to 30 species of mammals, including polar bear (depicted on the coat of arms), musk ox, arctic fox, arctic wolf, and in coastal waters – the bowhead whale, harp seal, walrus. And of course, reindeer. Greenland, July 12, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Major peoples in Greenland – Greenland Eskimos it (in the local language – Inuit) constituting about 90% of the total population. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Boat and icebergs from the glacier. Jakobshavn – the world’s largest fast-moving glacier in western Greenland. Forms icebergs in the fjord Jakobshavn. Marked by an exceptionally high rate of ice flow: at the front width of 7 km speed is 7 km / year, and the consumption of 45 cubic km of ice / year. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Scientists. Collect geological specimens, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

The retreat of glaciers since 1850 – reduction of glaciers around the world. Collection of geological samples is needed to determine the age of the retreat. Greenland, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Vegetation in Greenland is timed to places free of ice. On the northern coast of the sparse vegetation dominated by arctic desert. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Nestling peregrine falcons, Greenland, July 10, 2013. This is the fastest bird, and generally living thing in the world. According to experts, in the fast paced a diving it is capable of speeds in excess of 322 km / h, or 90 meters per second! (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Full Moon and the iceberg from the largest glacier Jakobshavn, July 23, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

The melting of the glaciers. The photo is visible to allow the water flowing right through the huge thawed patch, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Here melt water has created a canyon. Greenland, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Tent of researchers ice, Greenland, July 15, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Water and ice. The average thickness of the ice is 2,300 m, maximum – 3400 The volume of ice – 2.6 million cubic km It is difficult to imagine. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Ice crystals on the surface of the ice sheet, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

The huge canyons formed by meltwater streams, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Incredible landscapes of Greenland, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

The lake of meltwater, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Inspiring views from the windows of residential houses on the icebergs. Greenland, July 20, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

The vast majority of the population lives in the south-west coast, where the most major cities in Greenland. Classes of the population – mostly hunting and fishing. The remaining 10% than the Eskimos – mostly Danes and other Europeans. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Let’s see how weddings are held on the island of Greenland . This newly wed July 20, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Bride’s grandfather at the parade, July 20, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Wedding fun. It should be noted that the tables are not crammed with dishes and bottles, as is common in Russia. There is a DJ and singer. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

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The tradition of throwing a bridal bouquet is prevalent in many civilized countries, and is often shown in the movies with shots of the wedding ceremony. This beautiful custom dates back to antiquity.

For medieval Europe it was common to tear off after the wedding, from the wedding dress flap. It was believed that with him good luck accompanying the bride will go to a single girl and help her to quickly get married. After the wedding dresses have become quite valuable object and began to be inherited their place was taken by special garter on the leg gradually transformed into a more secure bouquet.

In Russia, by the way, did not throw a bouquet and gave blindly. Bridesmaids drove lucky women dance around blindfolded, and at one point she gave her bouquet at random. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Dancing in the Greenland, July 20, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Here is the “banquet hall”, where the festivities took place outside. Launching fireworks, July 20, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

But back to the glaciers. This glacier near Kangerlussuaq – settlements in western Greenland, July 13, 2013. Kangerlussuaq Greenland comes from the words “Big Fjord”. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Glacier near Kangerlussuaq, July 10, 2013. In summer, temperatures in Greenland is just above 21 degrees, but sometimes even in high summer temperatures stay near zero. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Iceberg near the town of Ilulissat. Translated from the Greenlandic word “Ilulissat” means “icebergs”.
Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Dog with a rich landscape with icebergs, the town of Ilulissat, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

Entertainment on the island a little bit. Here you can take a ride on roller skates. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

View of the city of Ilulissat during a full moon, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World

View of the city of Ilulissat icebergs that have broken away from the Jakobshavn Glacier. Greenland, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images):

Greenland - the Largest Island in the World





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