Where on Earth? - September 2018

by The American Geosciences Institute
Thursday, August 30, 2018

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Clues for September 2018:

  1. This island is located within a fjord and showcases the prominent granite and gneiss mountain seen here, which rises 1,170 meters above sea level. The mountain’s two summits, of roughly equal elevation, give rise to the island’s name, which means “heart-shaped.”

  2. In 1972, eight mummies of Inuit women and children thought to date from about A.D. 1475 were found nearby on the shores of the fjord.

  3. The only town on the 12-square-kilometer island, which serves as a research base for scientists studying the nearby ice sheet, is at the southern end and covers about 10 percent of the land mass.

Name the island & its host country.

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Answer: Uummannaq Island is located in a fjord off the west coast of Greenland. Uummannaq, meaning “heart-shaped,” refers to the dual-peaked mountain that towers over the island. The island’s 12-square-kilometer town serves as a research base for scientists studying the nearby ice sheet. Photo is by Allen Fraser.

September 2018 Winners: Guillermo Ebensperger (Puerto Montt, Chile) John Herakovich (Aurora, Colo.) Spike Page (Cartersville, Ga.) Richard Perry (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Katie Voce (Utica, N.Y.)

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