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Lars Berg Larsen, the Field operation Manager of NEEM took us on a field trip on our last day in Greenland. He said we were going to the "ice edge". At first, we saw so many giant hills of rocks and a lot of boulders.Not a tree in sightEvery place you looked was brown, all different shades of brown

  Evidence of glacial rocks were everywhere you looked. Lars Berg Larsen, our field mager and "Tour Guide"This was one big boulder left by the glacier

Every once in a while there was a small patch of purple flowers peaking out. He said the whole area will be purple in a week or so.How can this flower grow in these rocks?Soon the fields will be covered with these flowers

We drove about 30 minutes and saw something white on the horizon. It looked like clouds from a distance.  This was the first sighting of Russell Glacier. Black iceThe ice picks up a lot of earth as it pushes its' way across the land

Does it look like it's growing or retreating?The whole area of Kangerlussuaq is very dry and dusty. Can you find evidence of that in this picture? Russell Glacier, KangerlussuaqAnother example of black ice.Check out the layers!

We stopped and had a picnic and this was our view. Fabulous!This was one of my favorite spotsCan you believe this was where I had a picnic?

Next Lars wanted to show us another glacier that is calving (breaking off). We had to drive on a sandy, windy road and I was worried we wouldn't make it. Another 30 minutes later, these pictures are what we saw! Ice cliff near KangerlussuaqCheck out the old blue ice

  This was several stories high Do you see the crevasses in the ice?

One more pictureI wanted you to see the old ice that had fallen down a little lower

Get out! I'm not in Kansas any more! Calving of ice cliffWe saw chunks of ice that looked like blue ice cubes floating in the water

These two caves had water rushing out of themLars said these were not here last week so it is melting fast

Thank you Lars for taking us on such a great field trip on our very last day! Compare my height to the size of this boulderNo lifting happening here