Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on November 29th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

At opposite ends of the earth, two fascinating enigmas of the geographic world: Antarctica and Greenland.

When the Antarctic sea-ice begins to expand at the beginning of winter, it advances by around 40000 square miles (100000 square kilometers) per day, and eventually doubles the size of Antarctica, adding up to an extra 20 million square kilometers of ice around the land mass. That’s one and a half USA’s, two Australia’s or 50 UK’s worth of ice area that forms, then breaks up and melts on an annual basis.

The Greenlandic people are few in number: 55,000 in an enormous country. Approx. 20 percent of the population was born outside Greenland. Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but since the introduction of Home Rule in 1979 Greenland has moved towards relative independence based on parliamentary democracy.

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