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How Map Tools Are Used in Greenland

How Map Tools Are Used in Greenland

History teacher Zander Phillips craves adventures during his time off. He arrives at Ilulissat, Greenland for a winter getaway. Although it is closely associated with Europe, Greenland is geographically part of the North American continent. Zander has prepared for his trip well and has made sure to bring along his map tools consisting of a field notebook and his emergency latitude and longitude ruler.

On his first day, Zander visits with the locals and gets guidance on adventures in Greenland. The locals encourage Zander to see the glaciers and suggest other activities he would likely enjoy.

After a restful night at the inn, Zander arrives at the helicopter landing pad prepared for his aerial tour. As the pilot flies Zander and the other passengers over the glaciers, Zander is struck by the beauty and majesty of the massive structures. The pilot points out the Icefjord, a massive and fast-moving glacier that moves around 100 feet per day. The pilot explains that as the glacier shifts, it drops icebergs into the narrow coastal inlets. As the aerial tour comes to a close, Zander takes out his map tools and writes in his field notebook. He wants to remember the awe-inspiring beauty he beheld and share his thoughts with his students when he returns. After the chopper lands, Zander goes back to his inn to rest. He plans water-focused activities for the next day.

The next morning, Zander bundles up and makes his way to the dock for his boat tour of Greenland’s waters. After he boards the boat “Ice Queen,” the captain tells Zander that he will likely catch a glimpse of the humpback whales that frequent the waters. Zander stands alongside the rail to watch for the majestic whales, but none come.

Just as he is about to give up hope, Zander spies a large dark creature moving in the ocean alongside the boat. As the boat draws closer, Zander realizes he is observing a family of humpback whales playing in the icy water. As the Ice Queen makes her way back to port, Zander ponders what to do next in this amazing land.

The next day, Zander takes a trip with a local on a short dog-sled run. As he rides, he recalls recently reading about Matt Brooks of San Francisco, an adventurer who invented the Brooks-Range Rescue Sled. Zander feels free and energized as he races over ice and snow, pulled by well-trained, athletic dogs. Zander cannot wait to share the details of his adventures with his class back home.

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