Peary Land

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Peary Land,

peninsula, N Greenland, extending into the Arctic Ocean. It terminates in Cape Bridgman in the northeast and Cape Morris Jesup in the north, the most northerly point of land yet discovered. The area is mountainous (rising to c.6,400 ft/1,950 m) and is free of the inland icecap. Sparse vegetation supports musk oxen and caribou. The peninsula is named for Robert E. Peary, who first explored it in his expedition of 1891–92.
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Peary Land


a peninsula in the far north of Greenland between Victoria Fjord and Independence Fjord, measuring more than 300 km from west to east. The northernmost cape of Greenland, Cape Morris Jesup, is located on the peninsula. The relief is mainly mountainous, with elevations up to 1,920 m. The western part has extensive ice caps. The coastline is broken up by fjords, the largest being Frederick E. Hyde Fjord. There is no permanent population. Peary Land was discovered and explored by R. Peary in 1900.

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Strictly speaking, the activities of Robert Peary and Knud Rasmussen in Peary Land, which is geographically in North Greenland, are outside the scope of a history of "East Greenland," but they are in fact well linked with the search expeditions that followed the tragic loss of three members of the 1906-08 Danmark Expedition.
Count Eigil Knuth's six decades of archaeological investigations in Peary Land and adjacent areas of High Arctic Greenland are the basis for The Northernmost Ruins of the Globe.
Further, the degree to which Knuth exercised control over access to the archaeology of Peary Land also served to narrow our understanding of High Arctic Greenland prehistory.
This chapter is beautifully illustrated with his original sketches, drawings, photographs, and a watercolour of 'Bronlundhus'--Knuth's headquarters and research station for Peary Land expeditions for almost 50 years.
However, as his Peary Land ruins were only about 15 m above present sea level, the 23 m level at Tanquary Fiord puzzled him.
The species was also found breeding in 1955 at Isfjorden, Spitsbergen (Lovenskiold, 1964), in 1979 along the coast of West Greenland at Disko Bay (Kampp and Kristensen, 1980), and in 1980 at Peary Land, Greenland (Hjort, 1980).
of Source pairs Kolyma estuary (Siberia) 62 [degrees] (*)162 Buturlin, 30'N, [degrees] E 1906 Taimyr peninsula (Siberia) 73 [degrees] 106 [degrees] Yesou, 36'N, 51'E 1994 Spitsbergen 78 [degrees] (*)18 1 Lovenskiold, 04'N, [degrees] E 1964 Gronne Ejland (Greenland) 68 [degrees] 51 [degrees] 1 Kampp and 50'N, 50'W Kristensen, 1980 Peary Land (Greenland) 82 [degrees] 19 [degrees] 1 Hjort, 1980 33'N, 57'W Penny Strait (Nunavut) (*)76 (*)93 [degrees] 3 + 6 MacDonald, 30'N, 20'W 1978 Prince Charles Island (Nunavut) 68 [degrees] 76 [degrees] 1 Our 13'N, 29'W observation, 1997 Cape Churchill (Manitoba) 58 [degrees] (*)96 3 Chattier and 40'N, [degrees] W Cooke, 1980 (*) estimated coordinates of the locality.
Ross's gull Rhodostethia rosea breeding in Peary Land, North Greenland, 1979.
Describing finds from the recent NEWland Project in Northeast Greenland, he makes a tentative case for two groups coexisting for a time in parts of Northeast Greenland, one a regional variant of Peary Land Independence II, the other possibly an Early Dorset group moving in.
From here the scientific investigations were carried out on long sledge journeys as far north as Mallemukfjaeld, but well short of the promised land: Peary Land. The wintering team was exchanged in the summer of 1939 as planned, but the German assault on their neighbours started World War II and forced Knuth to stay home in Copenhagen for a while.
As soon as the war was over, Knuth and Munck began to organize the contemplated expedition to Peary Land. Paid for by the newly established Danish Expedition Foundation, it would be the first in a long row of Peary Land Expeditions headed by Knuth.
Knuth's Peary Land Expeditions ended in 1995, when he visited his beloved Bronlund Hus, his headquarters for so many years, for the last time.