Mittivakkat Glacier

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The glacier seen from the southwest (August 2016)

The Mittivakkat Glacier is located in southeast Greenland, and is part of the largest ice field on Ammassalik Island. This glacier has been in retreat (negative net mass balance) throughout most of recorded history (1898–2008).[1]

Reindeer bones were recovered from the retreating glacier in 2005, and dated to about 1200-1300 AD.[2]


  1. ^ "Greenland Glacier Melting Faster Than Expected". Aug 18, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ N. Tvis Knudsen, P. Nørnberg, Jacob C. Yde, Bent Hasholt & Jan Heinemeier (2008). "Recent marginal changes of the Mittivakkat Glacier, Southeast Greenland and the discovery of remains of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and peaty material". Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography. The Royal Danish Geographical Society. 108(1) 2008: 137–142. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 65°41′N 37°50′W / 65.69°N 37.84°W / 65.69; -37.84