Page 310. " the ice and the light have created a mythological landscape "


Boat covered with ice
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Page 316. " the spot where we're now standing - the large floating oil platform "
Typical oil platform
Public DomainTypical oil platform - Credit: NASA

 Oil platforms (also called oil rigs or offshore platforms) are structures built over the ocean to enable the extraction of oil and natural gas from the ocean bed. Some platforms are fixed to the ocean floor, some float, and others take the form of an artificial island. They are very large, and equipped with all facilities necessary to accommodate workers for a prolonged time.

Page 317. " godforsaken place between Godthab and Frederikshab "

Kangerluarsoruseq, 1936
Public DomainKangerluarsoruseq, 1936 - Credit: Jette Bang
Kangerluarsoruseq (Faeringehavn in Danish) is a harbour in West Greenland, around 50 km south from Nuuk, the capital. It was founded in 1927 as a loading point for fishing boats. It is a tiny settlement with only 5 inhabitants registered there in 2007.


Page 318. " the glacier at Jakobshavn has moved forty metres a day "
Ilulissat Icefjord
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumIlulissat Icefjord - Credit: Stephane Vitry

Ilulissat (Jakobshavn in Danish) is the third largest town in Greenland, after Nuuk and Sisimiut (with approx. 5000 inhabitants). Ilulissat means "the icebergs" in Greenlandic, and this name is understandable considering the proximity of the biggest icefjord in Greenland and one of the most picturesque in the world. Ilulissat Icefjord is not only the most impressive natural tourist attraction on the island; it has also become a symbol of global warming, and many delegates from around the world come to see melting ice there.

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The videoclip for the song "A Beautiful Lie" by 30 Seconds to Mars, was shot in Ilulissat Icefjord. Before the song starts you can hear a Greenlandic hunter speaking in his own language. This clip is a part of a campaign by the band to raise awareness of the environmental risks related to global warming.

Listen on Spotify:   A Beautiful Lie

Read more on global warming in the Arctic here.