Ørsted Dal, Pingel Dal and Enhjørningen Dal

Upper reaches of Ørsted Dal.
Central part of Ørsted Dal, seen from south.
Central part of Ørsted Dal
Upper part of Ørsted Dal - Coloradodal

Ørsted Dal, Pingel Dal and Enhjørningen Dal

  • Country: 
    Denmark (Greenland)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    196,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    71°38'N 23°22'W
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Ørsted Dal, Pingel Dal and Enhjørningen Dal are three valleys with extensive freshwater wetlands, including three rivers and marshes, in an otherwise alpine area along the eastern coast of Greenland. Ørsted Dal contains several lakes and ponds, and usually loses its snow cover earlier than the other two valleys, thus providing breeding and staging habitat for 18 to 20 species of waterbird. The Site is especially important for the barnacle goose, which appears in internationally significant numbers. It also hosts numerous species of vascular plants, including endemic species such as East Greenland saxifrage Saxifraga nathorstii, and mammals such as collared lemming, muskox and Arctic fox, which are commonly found. The nationally vulnerable Arctic wolf and polar bear are also present, but in smaller numbers. A mineral exploration license, granted in areas bordering the eastern part of the Ramsar Site, expires in 2019.

Administrative region: 
Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq

  • National legal designation: 
    • Area important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • Ramsar site - Ørsted Dal, Pingel Dal and Enhjørningen Dal
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