Amarortalik Island

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Amarortalik is located in Greenland
Location Greenland
Coordinates 72°33′N 54°53′W / 72.550°N 54.883°W / 72.550; -54.883Coordinates: 72°33′N 54°53′W / 72.550°N 54.883°W / 72.550; -54.883
Archipelago Upernavik Archipelago
Municipality Qaasuitsup

Amarortalik Island is an uninhabited island in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. The name of the island means "the place of wolves" in the Greenlandic language.[1]


Location within the archipelago[edit]

Amarortalik Island is located in the southern part of the Upernavik Archipelago, in the group between Nunavik Peninsula in the south, and Upernavik Icefjord in the north.[2]

In the west, the narrow Torsukattak Strait separates Amarortalik from Akuliaruseq Island. In the north, the small Kangerluarsuk Fjord separates it from Kangerluarsup Nunaa Peninsula, a peninsula branching off to the west from Koch's Land on the mainland of Greenland. Koch's land in turn is separated from Amarortalik by a small, unnamed strait. The long Eqalugaarsuit Sulluat Fjord separates the island from the large Kangeq Peninsula in the south.[2]


Like all larger islands in the neighborhood, Amarortalik Island is very mountainous. The highest point is an unnamed peak of 823 m (2,700 ft) in the southern part of the island.[2]


The rocks on the island are of Precambrian origin, with Albian-Campanian sediments.[3]


  1. ^ Flood, Gavin D. (1993). Mapping invisible worlds. Volume 9 of Cosmos, Edinburgh University Press. p. 82. ISBN 0-7486-0470-7. 
  2. ^ a b c Upernavik, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  3. ^ Lotte Melchior Larsen. "Volcanic development in the Nuussuaq Basin, West Greenland". De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland (GEUS). Retrieved 29 August 2010.