Helheim Glacier

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Retreat of Greenland's Helheim Glacier from 2001 to 2005

Helheim Glacier is one of Greenland's largest outlet glaciers.[1] It feeds the waters of the Helheim Fjord, part of the Sermilik (Egede og Rothes Fjord) system, where there are a number of glaciers discharging such as the Midgard Glacier.[2]

This glacier is named after the world of the dead in Norse Mythology.[3][4]


Helheim Glacier accelerated from 8 km (5.0 mi) per year in 2000 to 11 km (6.8 mi) per year in 2005.[5] Like many of Greenland's outlet glaciers it is the site of glacial earthquakes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rapid retreat of Greenland's outlet glaciers may be temporary". Nature. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Helheimfjord". Mapcarta. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  3. ^ http://people.deas.harvard.edu/~vtsai/files/EkstromNettlesTsai_Science2006.pdf Ekström, G., M. Nettles, and V. C. Tsai (2006)"Seasonality and Increasing Frequency of Greenland Glacial Earthquakes", Science, 311, 5768, 1756-1758, doi:10.1126/science.1122112
  4. ^ http://people.deas.harvard.edu/~vtsai/files/TsaiEkstrom_JGR2007.pdf%7CTsai, V. C. and G. Ekström (2007). "Analysis of Glacial Earthquakes", J. Geophys. Res., 112, F03S22, doi:10.1029/2006JF000596
  5. ^ "Helheim Glacier". United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 

External links[edit]

  • Glaciers Not On Simple, Upward Trend Of Melting sciencedaily.com, Feb. 21, 2007 "Two of Greenland's largest glaciers (Kangerdlugssuaq and Helheim) shrank dramatically ... between 2004 and 2005. And then, less than two years later, they returned to near their previous rates of discharge.

Coordinates: 66°21′N 38°12′W / 66.350°N 38.200°W / 66.350; -38.200