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741 viewsThe U.S. Air National Guard plane that I took from Albany, New York to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: a 6.5 hour flight. The plane is called a C-130.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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305 viewsAnother view of the C-130.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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421 viewsA view out my window in the C-130 along the Western coast of Greenland.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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350 viewsAnother view out my window in the C-130 along the Western coast of Greenland.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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552 viewsWe land in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The people standing in this photo are the other civilians (scientists and journalists) who were on the flight with me.

Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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319 viewsA view of the entire town of Kanger from the top of a nearby hill. You can see the landing strip and airport in the background and the series of buildings that form the main street in the foreground. I was expecting snow and ice when I showed up, but my first experience in Greenland was drab, rocky hills and sandy terrain. The weather was brisk but not very cold.

Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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510 viewsPhoto by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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283 viewsPhoto by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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182 viewsPhoto by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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345 viewsThe river that runs through Kanger, called Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua in Greenlandic, but also known as Watson River. It was a block from the main street. This river is very milky looking because it is formed by melt-water from the ice sheet. The grey rocks surrounding the river are not ice, as some have asked me.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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293 viewsThe valley surrounding the Akuliarusiarsuup Kuua (Watson River) in Kanger and running out to the frozen mouth of the fjord.

Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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298 viewsThe nearby lake in Kanger, called Tasersuatsiaq in Greenlandic, but also known as Lake Ferguson. The lake is frozen in this photo but had thawed by the time I returned in mid-June. The building is the local row club, as rowing is popular here in the summer. The lake is home to a kind of fish called Arctic char.
Photo by John Maurer, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado.
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