Ammassalik Island

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This article is about Ammassalik Island. For the town of the same name, see Tasiilaq.
Ammassalik
Ammassalik-island.jpg
Ammassalik Island seen from Kulusuk Island
Ammassalik Island is located in Greenland
Ammassalik Island
Ammassalik Island
Location within Greenland
Geography
Location North Atlantic
Coordinates 65°43′N 37°35′W / 65.717°N 37.583°W / 65.717; -37.583Coordinates: 65°43′N 37°35′W / 65.717°N 37.583°W / 65.717; -37.583
Area 772 km2 (298 sq mi)
Country
Greenland
Municipality Sermersooq

Ammassalik Island (Danish: Ammassalik Ø) is an island in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland, with an area of 772 km2 (298.1 sq mi).[1]

Geography[edit]

Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island

The island is separated from the mainland of Greenland by the wide Sermilik Fjord in the west, and by the Ikaasartivaq Strait in the northeast. In the east and southeast the southern, progressively wider half of the Ammassalik Fjord separates the island from an archipelago of islands, including the largest Apusiaajik Island, and Kulusuk Island across the Torsuut Tunoq sound. The southern coast of the island is washed by the waters of the open North Atlantic.[2] The highest point of the island is a glaciated peak in the northern part, at 1,352 m (4,435.7 ft).[2]

Settlement[edit]

Main article: Tasiilaq

The only settlement on the island is Tasiilaq town, with 1,893 inhabitants as of 2009,[3] the most populous community on the eastern coast, and the seventh-largest town in Greenland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  2. ^ a b Tasiilaq, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  3. ^ 'Greenland in Figures 2009', Statistics Greenland