The northernmost island in the world was accidentally found in Danish Greenland Earth

The northernmost island in the world was accidentally found in Danish Greenland

According to a press release from the university, in July 2021, a group of scientists visited an island near Cape Morris Jesup. After confirming their location using GPS, the researchers collected samples of what they believed was part of Oodaak Island. But when the expedition leader Morten Rush from the Department of Geosciences and Environmental Management of the University of Copenhagen posted the images on social networks along with their coordinates, American island hunting enthusiasts sent a lot of comments that it was actually some other geographical object.

Contacting an expert from the Technical University of Denmark, the team discovered that there was an error in the GPS readings, which can occur at high latitudes. By checking the coordinates more precisely, the scientists found out that their actual location was on a hitherto unexplored island to the north of the now former northernmost island in the world.

The new island, rising only 4 meters above the water, probably appeared recently and will not last long. It consists of small mounds of gravel mixed with silt and moraine from the seabed, which were most likely washed into one place by a strong storm. It is possible that after the next storm, this island will disappear from the face of the earth in the same way.