Kangerlussuaq Glacier

Kangerlussuaq Glacier (Greenlandic: Kangerlussuaq, meaning 'large fjord'; old spelling Kangerdlugssuaq) is the largest glacier on the east coast of the Greenland ice sheet.[2] It flows into the head of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord, the second largest fjord in East Greenland.[3]

Kangerlussuaq Glacier
Kangerlugssuaq Glacier
Location within Greenland
Coordinates68°38′N 33°0′W
TerminusNorth Atlantic Ocean

In 2016 the glacier had retreated further inland than at any time in the previous 33 years. Continued rapid retreat is likely.[4]

See also


  1. Stephen Brough, J. Rachel Carr, Neil Ross & James Lea, Exceptional retreat of Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier, east Greenland, between 2016 and 2018
  2. "Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier". United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  3. "Kangerlussuaq Gletscher". Mapcarta. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  4. Bevan, S. L., Luckman, A. J., Benn, D. I., Cowton, T., and Todd, J. "Warming of SE Greenland shelf waters in 2016 primes large glacier for runaway retreat". The Cryosphere Discuss. doi:10.5194/tc-2018-260. Retrieved 14 January 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Media related to Kangerlussuaq Glacier at Wikimedia Commons
  • Glaciers Not On Simple, Upward Trend Of Melting sciencedaily.com, Feb. 21, 2007 "Two of Greenland's largest glaciers (Kangerdlugssuaq and Helheim) shrank dramatically ... between 2004 and 2005. And then, less than two years later, they returned to near their previous rates of discharge.

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