Academy Glacier (Greenland)

Academy Glacier (Danish: Academy Gletscher or Academy Brae), is one of the major glaciers in northern Greenland.[1]

Academy Glacier
Academy Gletscher
Location within Greenland
TypeTidal outlet glacier
Coordinates81°30′N 32°39′W
Lengthca 40 km
Width8.5 km
Thickness120 m
TerminusIndependence Fjord;
Arctic Ocean

It was named in 1892 after the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia by Robert Peary[2] during his expedition to north Greenland.[3]

This glacier forms the geographical limit between Peary Land and King Frederick VIII Land.


The Academy Glacier is roughly northeast-southwest oriented and has its terminus at the head of the Independence Fjord. Navy Cliff rises north of the last stretch of the fjord beyond which lies the smaller Marie Sophie Glacier.[4][5] J.C. Christensen Land lies to the east and Gletscher Cape is a headland located east of the glacier terminus.[6]

Map of Far Northeastern Greenland.
J. P. Koch 1911 map of NE Greenland showing Academy Brae and the southern inner shore of Independence Fjord as Academy Kyst.

See also


  1. "Academy Gletscher". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920, Northward over the great ice : a narrative of life and work along the shores and upon the interior ice-cap of northern Greenland in the years 1886 and 1891-1897, with a description of the little tribe of Smith Sound Eskimos, the most northerly human beings in the world, and an account of the discovery and bringing home of the Saviksue or great Cape York meteorites,1898
  3. Independence Fjord, Peary, and the First Thule Expedition
  4. The recent regimen of the ice cap margin in North Greenland
  5. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, Volume 1386, Part 3, figure 41
  6. Kap Gletscher

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