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Flying with the Skibirds

For more than 4,000 years, people have lived on Greenland. The original inhabitants crossed from Siberia and migrated east across North America, to the largest ice mass outside Antarctica. Our journey there, to study ice sheet movement and melting, may be mild by comparison, but still required months of planning and logistics to transport cargo and position people for research on the ice sheet. For the first leg of the trip, three members of our small team—Ian Joughin, Kristin Poinar, and Chris Linder—came from Seattle to New York. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists Sarah Das and Mark Behn drove from Cape Cod, where we gathered before flying to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. It’s our initial glimpse of the world’s largest island, and our jumping off point as we approach the ice sheet.

Read on about our adventure in the slideshow below. Can't see the slideshow? Get the Flash plug in »

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