Scientists accidentally discover island in the world’s northernmost point
A group of scientists has accidentally discovered an island located in the northernmost point in the world, off the coast of Greenland.
The island has a diameter of 30 metres and its summit is made of three metres of mud, soil, rocks and earth left behind moving glaciers.
“It was not our intention to discover a new island,” said Morten Rush, Arctic explorer and head of the Arctic Research Station in Greenland.
Scientists initially believed that they had reached Oodaaq Island, an island discovered by Danish researchers in 1978.
It was later found that they were on another island 780 meters to the northwest.
Swiss entrepreneur Christian Lister, founder of the Leicester Foundation that funded the expedition, said: “Everyone was happy that we had found what we thought was Oodaaq. It is a bit like the explorers of the past, who thought they had arrived at a certain location. But they actually discovered a completely different place.”
The island is still above water at high tide and meets the criteria for being called so, says Professor Rene Forsberg, who advises the Danish government.
He asserts that it is currently located in the far north of the island. He said such islands come and go. Forsberg does not believe the discovery will change Denmark’s claim to the area north of Greenland.