SOI Arctic 2016: Day 15

Today began with students and staff saying farewell to their Floating Classroom, the MS Ocean Endeavour and setting off to explore the community of Kangerlussuaq and the Greenlandic Ice Cap. At nearly 2,400 km long and 1,100 km wide, the Ice Cap is the second largest body of ice in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice sheet contains layers of compressed snow from more than 100,000 years old and provides a valuable measure of past climates.

The SOI expedition had the opportunity to spend time hiking across part of the Ice Cap today. Below are images from the day.

It was then time for the expedition to begin the long journey home, flying from Kangerlussuaq to Iqaluit and finally back to Ottawa. Below is a fun video our SOI home team captured of several expedition students as they arrived tired, by happy to be back in Ottawa after an incredible two weeks of learning and discovery in the Arctic.

 

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