Ivittuut Municipality

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Ivittuut
Municipality
The cryolite mine Ivigtut, Greenland, summer 1940
The cryolite mine Ivigtut, Greenland, summer 1940
Coordinates: 61°11′37″N 48°09′23″W / 61.19361°N 48.15639°W / 61.19361; -48.15639Coordinates: 61°11′37″N 48°09′23″W / 61.19361°N 48.15639°W / 61.19361; -48.15639
Country Kingdom of Denmark
Province Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland
County Kitaa
Area
 • Total 100 km2 (40 sq mi)

Ivittuut, (old spelling Ivigtût) was a municipality (from 1951 until 2008), located on the coast of Arsuk fjord in southern Greenland. With an area of just 100 km² (600 km² according to other sources), it was the smallest municipality of Greenland, bordering on the former Narsaq municipality in the north, east, and south, and on the west by the Labrador Sea. It has been integrated into the new Sermersooq municipality. Due its small size, the land of the municipality is all ice free, as it does not extend inward to the ice sheet of Greenland.

The town of Ivittuut is abandoned, and the only settlement of the municipality is the naval base Kangilinnguit (Grønnedal) which is to stay. The municipality only exists de jure and may be absorbed by Narsaq in the future.

Kangilinnguit is the Danish naval headquarters of Greenland. The base was originally established to protect the important cryolite mine of Ivittuut.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ivittuut
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −4
(24)
−3
(26)
−1
(31)
3
(38)
8
(47)
12
(54)
14
(57)
13
(55)
8
(47)
4
(40)
0
(32)
−3
(27)
4.3
(39.8)
Average low °C (°F) −11
(12)
−11
(12)
−9
(16)
−4
(24)
1
(33)
4
(39)
6
(42)
5
(41)
2
(36)
−2
(29)
−6
(22)
−9
(16)
−2.8
(26.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 84
(3.3)
66
(2.6)
86
(3.4)
64
(2.5)
89
(3.5)
81
(3.2)
79
(3.1)
94
(3.7)
150
(5.9)
145
(5.7)
117
(4.6)
79
(3.1)
1,134
(44.6)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Ivittuut, Greenland". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.