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Postcards from Greenland

An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq. Greenland is strategically important for the U.S. military and its ballistic missile early-warning system since the shortest route from Europe to North America runs via the Arctic island. The United States maintains an air base in Thule in Greenland's northwest under a 1951 treaty with Denmark. Pictures taken June 2018.      REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq. Greenland is strategically important for the U.S. military and its ballistic missile early-warning system since the shortest route from Europe to North America runs via the Arctic island. The United States...more

An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq. Greenland is strategically important for the U.S. military and its ballistic missile early-warning system since the shortest route from Europe to North America runs via the Arctic island. The United States maintains an air base in Thule in Greenland's northwest under a 1951 treaty with Denmark. Pictures taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq. Greenland lacks basic infrastructure for its tiny population of 56,000. There are no roads between the country's 17 towns and only one commercial international airport, forcing people to travel by sea or air.  


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Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq. Greenland lacks basic infrastructure for its tiny population of 56,000. There are no roads between the country's 17 towns and only one commercial international airport, forcing...more

Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq. Greenland lacks basic infrastructure for its tiny population of 56,000. There are no roads between the country's 17 towns and only one commercial international airport, forcing people to travel by sea or air. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland, once a colony of Denmark, became a formal territory of the Nordic kingdom in 1953 and was granted broad self-governing autonomy, excluding only foreign affairs and defense, under legislation passed a decade ago.   
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An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland, once a colony of Denmark, became a formal territory of the Nordic kingdom in 1953 and was granted broad self-governing autonomy, excluding only foreign affairs and defense, under...more

An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland, once a colony of Denmark, became a formal territory of the Nordic kingdom in 1953 and was granted broad self-governing autonomy, excluding only foreign affairs and defense, under legislation passed a decade ago. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Seal hunter Henrik Josvasson jumps back onto his boat after searching for puffin eggs near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018.   

  
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Seal hunter Henrik Josvasson jumps back onto his boat after searching for puffin eggs near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Seal hunter Henrik Josvasson jumps back onto his boat after searching for puffin eggs near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A young boy plays on a trampoline in the town of Tasiilaq. Since 2009 Greenland has held the right to declare independence from Denmark. If Greenland do so, it could choose to become associated with the United States. But few Greenlanders see independence as viable given their economic dependence on Denmark, part of the affluent European Union.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A young boy plays on a trampoline in the town of Tasiilaq. Since 2009 Greenland has held the right to declare independence from Denmark. If Greenland do so, it could choose to become associated with the United States. But few Greenlanders see...more

A young boy plays on a trampoline in the town of Tasiilaq. Since 2009 Greenland has held the right to declare independence from Denmark. If Greenland do so, it could choose to become associated with the United States. But few Greenlanders see independence as viable given their economic dependence on Denmark, part of the affluent European Union. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Sunshine lights up the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. When Greenland was still a colony and the Cold War with the Soviet Union was escalating, the United States under then-President Harry Truman sought to buy the island as a strategic asset, but Copenhagen declined to sell.     
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Sunshine lights up the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. When Greenland was still a colony and the Cold War with the Soviet Union was escalating, the United States under then-President Harry Truman sought to buy the island as a strategic asset, but...more

Sunshine lights up the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. When Greenland was still a colony and the Cold War with the Soviet Union was escalating, the United States under then-President Harry Truman sought to buy the island as a strategic asset, but Copenhagen declined to sell. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A man walks along the road in the evening sunshine through the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. The Arctic region sits at a geopolitical intersection of renewed rivalry between world powers China, Russia and the United States, and - with its melting ice cap - is a major symbol of the growing impact of climate change.    
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A man walks along the road in the evening sunshine through the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. The Arctic region sits at a geopolitical intersection of renewed rivalry between world powers China, Russia and the United States, and - with its melting ice...more

A man walks along the road in the evening sunshine through the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. The Arctic region sits at a geopolitical intersection of renewed rivalry between world powers China, Russia and the United States, and - with its melting ice cap - is a major symbol of the growing impact of climate change. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Glaciers wind their way through mountains on the way to the coast above eastern Greenland. Washington wants a greater military presence in Greenland to better defend its Thule Air Base and enhance surveillance of the waters between the island and the European continent.
 The Thule base mainly operates a missile warning system as well as space and satellite surveillance.     

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Glaciers wind their way through mountains on the way to the coast above eastern Greenland. Washington wants a greater military presence in Greenland to better defend its Thule Air Base and enhance surveillance of the waters between the island and the...more

Glaciers wind their way through mountains on the way to the coast above eastern Greenland. Washington wants a greater military presence in Greenland to better defend its Thule Air Base and enhance surveillance of the waters between the island and the European continent. The Thule base mainly operates a missile warning system as well as space and satellite surveillance. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A man walks to his boat past a number of abandoned and dry-docked boats in the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland has an estimated 50 billion barrels of offshore oil and gas reserves, as yet unexploited.   
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A man walks to his boat past a number of abandoned and dry-docked boats in the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland has an estimated 50 billion barrels of offshore oil and gas reserves, as yet unexploited. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A man walks to his boat past a number of abandoned and dry-docked boats in the town of Tasiilaq. Greenland has an estimated 50 billion barrels of offshore oil and gas reserves, as yet unexploited. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The snow-covered shore is reflected in the still water of a fjord near Tasiilaq.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The snow-covered shore is reflected in the still water of a fjord near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The snow-covered shore is reflected in the still water of a fjord near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Young boys play a game of soccer on a field of bricks in Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Young boys play a game of soccer on a field of bricks in Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Young boys play a game of soccer on a field of bricks in Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A band plays music during a late night dance in the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A band plays music during a late night dance in the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A band plays music during a late night dance in the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A young girl sits on a stone and smokes in the late evening sunshine above the town of Tasiilaq.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A young girl sits on a stone and smokes in the late evening sunshine above the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A young girl sits on a stone and smokes in the late evening sunshine above the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Crevasses form on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq.  
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Crevasses form on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Crevasses form on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The setting sun illuminates the face of seal hunter Henrik Josvasson near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018.    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The setting sun illuminates the face of seal hunter Henrik Josvasson near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The setting sun illuminates the face of seal hunter Henrik Josvasson near the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A general view of Thule Air Base. The U.S. military stationed personnel at some 50 bases in Greenland during the Cold War, but a renegotiation of their presence with Denmark in 2004 whittled it down to the Thule Air Base only. A few hundred U.S. personnel are stationed at Thule, compared with almost 10,000 during the Cold War.  


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A general view of Thule Air Base. The U.S. military stationed personnel at some 50 bases in Greenland during the Cold War, but a renegotiation of their presence with Denmark in 2004 whittled it down to the Thule Air Base only. A few hundred U.S....more

A general view of Thule Air Base. The U.S. military stationed personnel at some 50 bases in Greenland during the Cold War, but a renegotiation of their presence with Denmark in 2004 whittled it down to the Thule Air Base only. A few hundred U.S. personnel are stationed at Thule, compared with almost 10,000 during the Cold War. Ritzau Scanpix/Linda Kastrup
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A glacial terminus is seen above the east coast of Greenland. The island, whose capital Nuuk is closer to New York than the Danish capital Copenhagen, boasts mineral, oil and natural gas wealth. But development has been slow, leaving its economy reliant on fishing and annual subsidies from Denmark. Picture taken March 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A glacial terminus is seen above the east coast of Greenland. The island, whose capital Nuuk is closer to New York than the Danish capital Copenhagen, boasts mineral, oil and natural gas wealth. But development has been slow, leaving its economy...more

A glacial terminus is seen above the east coast of Greenland. The island, whose capital Nuuk is closer to New York than the Danish capital Copenhagen, boasts mineral, oil and natural gas wealth. But development has been slow, leaving its economy reliant on fishing and annual subsidies from Denmark. Picture taken March 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Young native Greenlanders take advantage of the last rays of daylight on a hill above the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Young native Greenlanders take advantage of the last rays of daylight on a hill above the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Young native Greenlanders take advantage of the last rays of daylight on a hill above the town of Tasiilaq. Picture taken June 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A sled dog chained to a small shelter looks at a tire in the town of Tasiilaq.   


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A sled dog chained to a small shelter looks at a tire in the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A sled dog chained to a small shelter looks at a tire in the town of Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Sunshine strikes the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sunshine strikes the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sunshine strikes the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A small skiff motors past an iceberg in the open ocean near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  SEARCH "JACKSON TASIILAQ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.

A small skiff motors past an iceberg in the open ocean near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "JACKSON TASIILAQ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.

A small skiff motors past an iceberg in the open ocean near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "JACKSON TASIILAQ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A large crevasse forms near the calving front of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A large crevasse forms near the calving front of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A large crevasse forms near the calving front of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Meltwater pools are seen on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Meltwater pools are seen on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Meltwater pools are seen on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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