a self-governing island belonging to Denmark, located NE of North America: the largest island in the world. About 844,000 sq. mi. (2,186,000 sq. km); about 700,000 sq. mi. (1,800,000 sq. km) icecapped. Capital: Godthåb.
- Green·land·er, noun
- Green·land·ish, adjective
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How to use Greenland in a sentence
That’s what climate change — through a combination of more rain and snow, more melting of Arctic sea ice, and huge freshwater pulses from Greenland — is thought to be doing.Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate | Chris Mooney, Andrew Freedman | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Around the time that sauropodomorphs appeared in Greenland, carbon dioxide levels plummeted within a few million years to 2,000 parts per million, making the climate more travel-friendly to herbivores, the team reports.Climate change helped some dinosaurs migrate to Greenland | Anushree Dave | February 24, 2021 | Science News
It is already involved in major rare earths projects abroad, including in the US, Vietnam, Greenland, and Australia, where it is also developing new partnerships.A Chinese rare earths giant is building international alliances worldwide | Mary Hui | February 19, 2021 | Quartz
Some turbines did freeze — though Greenland and other northern outposts are able to keep theirs going through the winter.‘Frozen windmills’ aren’t to blame for Texas’s power failure | Adriana Usero, Salvador Rizzo | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
It also creates lakes and channels beneath massive glaciers in Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic.The most life-friendly places on ancient Mars were deep below its surface | Kate Baggaley | December 3, 2020 | Popular-Science
Greenland is actually full of ice,” they said, “and Iceland is actually green!
The result will be an epic cold air outbreak, with much of the coldness being channeled southward from Greenland.After the Blizzard, 100 Million People Will Be Hit With Freezing Air From the North Pole | Eric Holthaus | January 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1995, the school went global, holding class in Greenland and including Santas from Ireland to South Africa.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School | Nina Strochlic | December 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Norwegians says the man in red resides in Drøbak; the Danes send their wish lists to Greenland.
“We are now losing 300 cubic kilometer of ice a year in Greenland,” said Wadhams.The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015 | Mark Hertsgaard | December 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He coasted Greenland and Labrador, and returned with 200 tons of glittering stones and sand, which he had mistaken for gold ore.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Paul Egede died, aged 81; author of an Account of Greenland, and a zealous missionary there.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He tells me that he is nearly a hundred, and that he was a sailor in the Greenland fishing fleet when Waterloo was fought.Dracula | Bram Stoker
When the skies cleared Biarni saw land before him, and fancied he had reached Greenland.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
No high latitude has been reached from Bering Strait nor along the east coast of Greenland.
British Dictionary definitions for Greenland
a large island, lying mostly within the Arctic Circle off the NE coast of North America: first settled by Icelanders in 986; resettled by Danes from 1721 onwards; integral part of Denmark (1953–79); granted internal autonomy 1979; mostly covered by an icecap up to 3300 m (11 000 ft) thick, with ice-free coastal strips and coastal mountains; the population is largely Inuit, with a European minority; fishing, hunting, and mining. Capital: Nuuk (Godthåb). Pop: 57 714 (2013 est). Area: 175 600 sq km (840 000 sq miles): Danish name: Grønland Greenlandic name: Kalaallit Nunaat
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Cultural definitions for Greenland
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