Kuannersuit Kuussuat

The surging glacier in the head of the valley.
Central part of the valley.
The lush vegetation at a homeothermic spring.
Central part of the site.

Kuannersuit Kuussuat

  • Country: 
    Denmark (Greenland)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    3,800 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    69°38'N 53°17'W
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Kuannersuit Kuussuat is situated on the island of Qeqertarsuaq, west of Greenland. It consists of a broad valley with the channels of a braided river flowing through it. The Site features several hot springs and a glacier at the head of the valley; its ice cover has been constantly varying, and the Site has been influenced by glacier surges, in which the glacier advances very rapidly in a very short period. Between 1995 and 1999, the glacier covered the upper two kilometres (14%) of the Ramsar Site. The area is important for several species of breeding waterbird, which are also nationally and globally red-listed, such as the Greenland white-fronted goose. Local people harvest some of the area’s natural resources, but this has only a minor impact on the Site.

Administrative region: 
Kommune Qeqertalik

  • National legal designation: 
    • Area important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • Ramsar site - Kuannersuit Kuussuat
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