So far, Oodaaq is the closest piece of land to the North Pole. Now the Kingdom of Denmark can “expand a little”.
For a long time, the island of Oodaaq at the northernmost tip of Greenland was considered the closest piece of land to the North Pole. But this may now need to be corrected – at least temporarily. According to their own version, researchers at the University of Copenhagen discovered a small island located in the far north, albeit a little less than 800 meters.
The discovery of the yet-to-be-named island, which is about 30 by 60 meters in size, was purely coincidental. “We were convinced that the island we were standing on was more accurate,” said research director Morten Rush. He had traveled to the north coast of Greenland with a sample collection team. He only found out his mistake when he posted photos and coordinates online. “A number of American island fishermen have gone crazy and said it can’t be true,” said the head of the Department of Earth Sciences and Natural Resources Management. Island fishermen are people whose hobby is to discover previously unknown islands.
“Slightly Expanded Kingdom”
Examination of the coordinates revealed that Adaq is in fact located about 800 meters south of where Rush and his team landed. “In fact, we have discovered a new island further north, a discovery that expands the kingdom (Denmark) a little bit,” Morton says.
The scientist warned that the newly discovered island might not last long. It consists mainly of small accumulations of mud and gravel – possibly the result of a storm. “No one knows how long it will be there,” Rush said. “In principle, it could go away as soon as another strong storm comes along.”
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