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China’s creep into Greenland is setting off alarm bells: $2.35 billion iron ore mining project okayed

China’s creep into Greenland is setting off alarm bells: $2.35 billion iron ore mining project okayed | Greenland | Scoop.it
Much is made of China "going green." But maybe more attention should be paid to China going to Greenland.

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"...No longer. Prime minister Kuupik Kleist sees extraction of Greenland’s abundant natural resources as a way to shake free of Denmark—the island of 57,000 people is a semi-autonomous territory. A bill passed in December introduced a framework to open up extraction of these resources, which the peel-back of melting glaciers is making increasingly plentiful, to foreign wildcatters...."

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Global warming helps #Greenland snag its first big mining contract making things worse #climate

Global warming helps #Greenland snag its first big mining contract making things worse #climate | Greenland | Scoop.it
Greenland awarded Thursday its first big mining exploitation license, approving a project by British company London Mining, which will most likely hire Chinese workers.

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Greenland awards London Mining huge iron ore project - BBC News

Greenland awards London Mining huge iron ore project - BBC News | Greenland | Scoop.it
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Greenland has awarded UK-based company London Mining a 30-year licence to build and run a giant iron ore mine.
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Greenland lift for uranium junior - Sydney Morning Herald

Greenland lift for uranium junior - Sydney Morning Herald | Greenland | Scoop.it
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A small Australian company has benefited from Greenland's decision to relax its hardline stance against uranium mining.
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Building an unmanned hydropower plant beneath Greenland’s glaciers

Building an unmanned hydropower plant beneath Greenland’s glaciers | Greenland | Scoop.it

For the unmanned hydropower plant buried underneath Greenland’s ice cap and a layer of permafrost, the plant’s turbines are 200 meters below the surface and are connected to the meltwater lake that feeds them by a tunnel blasted through the permafrost. The water has to flow constantly so that it doesn’t freeze. The location and the conditions were our biggest challenge.

 

The glaciers and the meltwater lake look majestic, but it’s a harsh environment. The power plant is well within the Arctic circle, 50 kilometers from Ilulissat, which itself is a small community of just 4,500 people. In good weather you can reach the plant by helicopter all year round. In summer you can also travel there by sea, and in winter, when the sea is frozen, by snow-scooter.

 

The power plant is so hard to reach that the plan is not to have to go there at all. The power plant will be manned during the first year, but it’s to be fully automated after that. Hundreds of sensors and seven cameras will record data which an operator will be able to monitor and control through ABB’s control system from the comfort of Ilulissat.


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Why Vikings Abandoned Colony in Greenland

Why Vikings Abandoned Colony in Greenland | Greenland | Scoop.it
For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century.

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James Good's comment, April 19, 2013 6:33 PM
It would make sense that the Vikings abandoned Greenland because they felt isolated from their mother country. There must have been a strong Scandanavian folk culture that the people of Greenland valued enough to make such a drastic movement. It is very likely that the people of Greenland cherished their home land and its culture. This culture was probably more exciting to them then the dismal life in the far north.

Once the demand for walrus tusks and seal skins decreased, there was really no need for the Vikings to stay in Greenland anyways. If they did not want to become farmers and take advantage of the potential farming land that Greenland had to offer, then there would be no benefit to staying there anyway.
Conor McCloskey's comment, April 30, 2013 10:25 AM
Humans have been exploring our planet for thousands of years. Settlements are established, and deemed successful or unsuccessful. The successful ones are still around today, however the unsuccessful one’s usually fall to the wayside and are forgotten. Many things can make a colony of human exploration unsuccessful, much like Viking colonies in Greenland. These colonies were abandoned and archeologists have search for the reasons why. Questions of the fertility of the land and available animals to hunt have been reasons that archeologists use to explain the colonial abandonment.
The push and pull factors of ancient Viking life are apparent through their migratory patterns. There are many possible reasons for the Vikings to have left this colony though archeologists are struggling to find just one. Food source seems to be a major reason why other colonies were abandoned, though seal meat does not seem to be at a shortage in this area. Ancient reason of migrating is similar to modern ones, however they are also very different. Globalization has changed the way humans live, the interconnectedness of the world has made living in places that could support life in ancient times possible.
Zakary Pereira's comment, April 30, 2013 5:11 PM
Of course they left, who would want to be basically stranded on Greenland away from any other civilization? Not me for sure. Plus, the lack of supplied they were receiving and tools it would have been near impossible to live and thrive in Greenland. They were also losing their identity; they were thinking of themselves more as farmers and ranchers rather than fishermen and hunters, their original identity as Scandinavians. Nonetheless it was imperative that they leave and head home because the colony in Greenland surely would have run dry and died out. If not for the overkilling of seals for food or the bone-chilling winters, I might theorize that they might stay in Greenland however that is not how history unfolded and it doesn’t surprise me that they left. Like James said, once their trade had virtually ceased, the outpost in Greenland was useless because they could be just living back home where you weren’t in extreme weather conditions and living off of seal meat.
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Greenland's Rare Earths Gold Rush

Greenland's Rare Earths Gold Rush | Greenland | Scoop.it
Global power brokers once dismissed Greenland as a white blot on the world map. No longer: Investors from Australia to Canada to China are flocking to the island in the next great contest for mineral riches.
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North American Nickel announces new discovery in Greenland ...

North American Nickel announces new discovery in Greenland ... | Greenland | Scoop.it
CEO Rick Mark says the discovery creates a new area of focus for the company as it's only 9 km away from two other recently announced near solid to solid sulphide intersections. Danish geologist Adam Garde argues that the ...
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