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30+ Interesting Facts About Greenland

Along with Antarctica, Greenland is the only ice sheet area on earth. Ice sheets are areas permanently covered by ice with a size of more than 50,000 km 2 .  Greenland is also the world’s largest island . It covers an area of more than 2.1 million sq. km. The size of the second largest island, New Guinea, is only 821,400 sq. km. More than 80% area of Greenland is covered by permanent ice , the largest ice mass in the Northern Hemisphere. It contains nearly 12% of glacier ice in the world.  According to research, the Greenlandic ice sheet is more than  400,000 years old . Some part of this ice is nearly one million years old. ( Source ) The Greenland ice sheet is melting at around 240 cubic km per year. The complete melting of Greenlandic ice will cause the sea level to rise by more than 7 meters (23 feet). Despite being one of the world’s largest countries by area, the population of Greenland is just over 55,000. Its population density (around 0.03 people per square km 2 ) i