World’s northernmost island discovered by chance off Greenland

A new island has been discovered that is located off the Greenland’s coast. Referring to this, a team of Arctic researchers from Denmark said that they have discovered this island by luck, and they believe that it’s the world’s northernmost island located off Greenland’s coast.

It so happened that the scientists from the University of Copenhagen arrived to collect samples and thought that they had at Oodaaq, which was discovered by a Danish survey team in 1978. But after they checked their location with the Danish official in charge of registering Arctic islands, they found that they were 800 m further north, which eventually led to the discovery of this undiscovered island further north.

Expedition leader Morten Rasch of the university’s department of geosciences and natural resource management stated, “We were convinced that the island we were standing on was Oodaaq, which until then was registered as the world’s northernmost island.”

The yet-to-be-named island is situated around 780 m north of Oodaaq, which is the northernmost point of Greenland and one of the most northern points of land on Earth.

This northernmost tiny island, which has been discovered apparently due to shifting pack ice, is around 30 by 60 m in size and rises to around 3 to 4 m above sea level, the university added. Further, with regard to the discovery of the island, the research team reportedly doesn’t consider it to be a result of climate change, and has allegedly proposed to name this island as Qeqertaq Avannarleq, which means ‘the northernmost island’ in Greenlandic.

Rach, however, added that no one actually knows how long this island will remain, and as per principle, it could disappear as soon as a powerful new storm hits.

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