© 2019 by Cameron James Mackay

As temperatures have risen in recent years, the landscape in Greenland has been transformed. The warmer temperatures have caused a large volume of ice to melt.

 

This has turned the once gentle streams into torrential rivers, carrying meltwater from the glaciers and ice sheet into the sea.

3. Meltwater

When exploring West Greenland, the expedition team was in constant awe of the melt-water rivers that flowed from the ice cap, past their basecamp and into the sea near the settlement of Kangerlussuaq. As these rivers flow they erode the glacier and deposit huge quantities of rock and ice. This turns the river beaches into scatterings of fragmented ice and stones.

Rivers

In the summer of 2014 the team found themselves subjected to the highest recorded temperatures in Kangerlussuaq, of up to 23°C. When speaking to local people, they were told of a recent disaster that left the town without water. In 2012 the bridge that the locals use to cross the river and access fresh water was washed away by the melt water river as it flooded.

Summer Temperatures