Helheim Glacier

Helheim Glacier is one of Greenland's largest outlet glaciers and is named after the world of the dead in Norse Mythology.[1][2][3] It feeds the waters of the Helheim Fjord, a branch of the Sermilik (Egede og Rothes Fjord) system, where there are a number of other glaciers calving and discharging at rapid rates such as the Midgard Glacier.[4]

Helheim Glacier
Helheim Gletscher
Retreat of Greenland's Helheim Glacier from 2001 to 2005
Location within Greenland
LocationSermersooq, Greenland
Coordinates66°21′N 38°12′W
TerminusHelheim Fjord, Sermilik,
North Atlantic Ocean


Helheim Glacier accelerated from 8 km (5.0 mi) per year in 2000 to 11 km (6.8 mi) per year in 2005.[5] Like many of Greenland's outlet glaciers, it is a common site where glacial earthquakes are monitored.[6]

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  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Ekström, G., M. Nettles, and V. C. Tsai (2006)"Seasonality and Increasing Frequency of Greenland Glacial Earthquakes", Science, 311, 5768, 1756–1758, doi:10.1126/science.1122112
  2. http://people.deas.harvard.edu/~vtsai/files/TsaiEkstrom_JGR2007.pdf%7CTsai, V. C. and G. Ekström (2007). "Analysis of Glacial Earthquakes", J. Geophys. Res., 112, F03S22, doi:10.1029/2006JF000596
  3. "Rapid retreat of Greenland's outlet glaciers may be temporary". Nature. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  4. "Helheimfjord". Mapcarta. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. "Helheim Glacier". United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  6. Ekstrom, Goram (24 March 2006). "Seasonality and Increasing Frequency of Greenland Glacial Earthquakes". Science. 311: 1756.
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