Helheim Glacier

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Helheim Glacier
Helheim Gletscher
Helheim glacier -Sermilik photographie aérienne.jpg
View of the Helheim Glacier
Map showing the location of Helheim Glacier
Map showing the location of Helheim Glacier
Location within Greenland
LocationSermersooq, Greenland
Coordinates66°21′N 38°12′W / 66.350°N 38.200°W / 66.350; -38.200Coordinates: 66°21′N 38°12′W / 66.350°N 38.200°W / 66.350; -38.200
TerminusHelheim Fjord, Sermilik,
North Atlantic Ocean

Helheim Glacier is a glacier in the Sermersooq municipality, Eastern Greenland.

This glacier is named after Helheim, the world of the dead in Norse Mythology.


The Helheim Glacier is located on the eastern side of the Greenland ice sheet. It is one of Greenland's largest outlet glaciers.[1][2][3] It flows roughly in an ESE direction and feeds the waters of the Helheim Fjord, a branch at the northern end of the Sermilik (Egede og Rothes Fjord) system, where there are a number of other glaciers calving and discharging at rapid rates such as the Fenris and the Midgard Glacier.[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 a common site where glacial earthquakes are monitored.[6]

Retreat of Greenland's Helheim Glacier from 2001 to 2005

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ "Rapid retreat of Greenland's outlet glaciers may be temporary". Nature. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  4. ^ "Helheimfjord". Mapcarta. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Helheim Glacier". United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  6. ^ Ekstrom, Goram (24 March 2006). "Seasonality and Increasing Frequency of Greenland Glacial Earthquakes". Science. 311 (5768): 1756–1758. Bibcode:2006Sci...311.1756E. doi:10.1126/science.1122112. PMID 16556839. S2CID 34298315.

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