Ilulissat Icefjord (2004)

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Greenland 2005. Ilulissat Isfjord.

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the Disco Bay Area, Greenland's Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. 

Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 cubic kilometres of ice, i.e. 10 percent of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. 

Please note that in Eskimo, the Greenlandic name of the country "Kalaallit Nunaat" means "The Land of Man".  The Danish name "Grønland" means "The Green Land", although there is nothing much green about the country. The Danish name of Ilulissat is "Jakobshavn". 

The stamp is interesting, as it is imprinted in three different languages: Eskimo (country name), Danish (country name), and English (description of issue). 

Other World Heritage Sites in Denmark (on this website). Note, that Ilulissat Icefjord is located in Greenland, and not in Denmark proper. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Denmark-section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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