The island has a diameter of 30 meters and its summit is made of three meters of mud, soil, rocks and earth left behind moving glaciers. “Our goal was not to discover a new island,” said Morten Rush, arctic explorer and head of the Arctic Research Station in Greenland.
Scientists initially believed that they had reached Oodaaq Island, an island discovered by Danish researchers in 1978. It was later found that they were on another island, 780 meters to the northwest.
“Everyone was thrilled that we had found what we thought was Oodaaq,” said Swiss entrepreneur Christian Lister, founder of the Leicester Foundation which funded the expedition. “It’s a bit like the explorers of the past, who thought they’d arrived at a certain location but actually discovered a completely different place.”
The team believes “Qeqertaq Avannarleq” is a proper name, the green name for “the northernmost island”. The island was once covered in slippery ice, but is now undetected due to global warming, according to scientists.
Far North Island
The island is still above water at high tide and meets the criteria for being called so, says Professor Rene Forsberg, who advises the Danish government. He asserts that it is currently located in the far north of the island. He said such islands come and go. Forsberg does not believe the discovery will change Denmark’s claim to the area north of Greenland.
In the region, American expeditions have searched for the northernmost island in recent decades. In 2007 a similar island was found nearby.
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