An international team of researchers thought they had stepped on the island of Oodaaq off the coast of Greenland. A surprising truth was soon revealed.
To Denmark A previously unknown island has been found near Greenland, which was revealed by an international team of researchers on Friday, according to Reuters. The Danish newspaper was the first to report on the case Weekendavisen.
Initially, the research team thought it had landed by helicopter on the small island of Oodaaq, discovered in 1978.
It was only later that scientists began to find out more about their landing site. Indeed, it was revealed that they had visited nearly 800 meters further north.
About The 30-meter-wide and 60-meter-long island has not been previously mapped. It is known to be the northernmost island on Earth.
“Our intention was not to find a new island,” says a researcher at the University of Copenhagen who participated in the research group Morten Rasch To Reuters.
“We just went there to collect samples.”
“This is reminiscent of former explorers who thought they had landed in a certain place but had found a new place,” describes a spokesman for the Leister Foundation, which funded the research. Christiane Leister.
The research team’s proposal for the name of the island is Qeqertaq Avannarleq, which means “the northernmost island” in Greenland.
Icecap is about 2-3 meters thick in the area during the summer, and it is possible that the ice will cover Qeqertaq Avannarleq again soon.
According to researchers, the appearance of the island is not at least not a direct result of the melting of ice caused by climate change.