Hannes Grobe of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, shares this picture of fellow researchers performing sediment coring operations on a lake in East Greenland. The work is part of a project carried out to reconstruct the paleoclimate and glaciation history of Greenland.
East Greenland is one of the most isolated habitations in the world. Along the 1,600 miles of coastline, you’ll only encounter two towns and seven small settlements, inhabited by a little more than 3,500 people. There is a natural reason for this very sparse settlement: East Greenland is situated between the polar sea ice and the Greenlandic Icecap, and is only accessible with supply ships five months of the year. This truly awe-inspiring wilderness of nearly 1 million square miles includes the world’s largest national park. Its mosaic of steep, dramatic mountains, countless lakes, streams and rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and green valleys radiates a purity that has overwhelmed and fascinated visitors throughout time.