Located at the top of the world in the Arctic, Jakobshavn Isbræ is the fastest moving glacier in the world, releasing 13.5 million tons of icebergs each year that float from the Greenlandic Ice Sheet into the wide open sea.
By this, tiny bubbles of air that have been conserved in the ice for thousands of years find their way into the atmosphere and create a unique environment around Greenland´s third-largest city of Ilulissat (Engl.: „Icebergs“), in which life is closely connected to nature. The living standard is fairly high due to a thriving fishing industry and traditional hunting, while the aftermath of post-colonialism seems to be almost overcome especially among the younger generation. Although this place seems so far off from the rest of the world, the consequences of climate change are first felt here and in return, will have a worldwide impact on rising sea levels due to the melting of the Greenlandic Inland Ice.
Constituting the biggest island in the world with over two million square kilometers in size of which 81 per cent are covered with ice, Greenland is bigger than Germany, France, England, Italy, Portugal and Spain together. The area around Jakobshavn Isbræ has been inhabited for over 4500 years and was once home to the largest Inuit settlement in Greenland Sermermiut, while the area has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.
In 2012, Jakobshavn Isbræ was already flowing at a speed three times faster than in the mid 1990s and scientists expect the fastest moving ice stream in the world to grow to have a bigger impact on sea level rise than any other single feature in the Northern Hemisphere.

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