‘Ghost Island’ believed to be Arctic’s northernmost landmass turns out to be ‘dirty iceberg’

MYSTERIOUS Arctic ice formations dubbed ‘ghost islands’ have turned out to be nothing more than ‘dirty icebergs’, scientists have revealed.

Rene Forsberg, a researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, explained that these are large masses of ice with “an unusual earth and pebble cover that have run aground in the area”.

Scientists have found that


Scientists have found that “ghost islands” aren’t islands at all, but icebergs covered in dirt, pebbles, and other debrisPhoto credit: Julianne Charriere

Forsberg was part of a team that undertook an expedition to the tiny, vanishing islands in the North Pole in 2022.

The team’s research found these ghost islands aren’t islands at all, Newsweek reported.

They are larger icebergs stuck to the sea floor with an island-like mass at the top.

Her surface-gliding nature makes her a haven for the debris that makes her a “dirty iceberg,” according to the outlet.

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It was called Qeqertaq Avantarleq.

This means Inuit Qeqertaat or “Coffee Club Island”.

Coffee Club Island’s status as the northernmost piece of land remains undisputed by experts at this time.

Expedition members used GPS technology and laser scanners to test the depth and thickness of the ice, Newsweek said.

Scientist Forsberg said the icebergs could be classified as “semi-stationary islands of ice.”

These can have a lifespan of up to several years.”

Research by the expedition concluded that these vanishing islands likely originated from a glacier 25-30 miles west of Cape Morris Jesup.

Cape Morris Jesup is an estimated 440 miles from the North Pole.

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According to WorldWildLife, the Earth is rapidly losing Arctic sea ice, at 13 percent every decade.

If this rate continues, the website says, the Arctic has the potential to be ice-free by 2040.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6189083/ghost-islands-arctic-dirty-icebergs/ ‘Ghost Island’ believed to be Arctic’s northernmost landmass turns out to be ‘dirty iceberg’


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