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    For its third X Prix of 2021, Extreme E heads to the Arctic, and the retreating Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, raising awareness of the rate at which ice is melting at the poles by racing on land previously occupied by the once-mighty glacier, right by its receding snout.

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    Greenland provides an ideal location to see and experience climate change first hand due to its visible impact on the surrounding nature, particularly the accelerated disappearance of Arctic sea ice. NASA estimates that the mass of pack ice each September, at its summer minimum, has fallen by an average of 12.8 per cent in each decade over the last 40 years. With a lesser area of sea ice, less of the sun’s radiation is reflected back into space, leaving the ocean to absorb more energy in the form of heat – further accelerating warming. Some predictions say there will be no summer sea ice remaining in the Arctic inside a decade.

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    FIELD NOTES

    The course has been designed around a large, relatively open plain at the edge of the Russell Glacier, just outside the town of Kangerlussuaq. The terrain has a mixture of rock sizes from large boulders down to a fine glacial sediment and sand dunes, crafted and shaped by the wind blowing down the valley and the melting water coming off the glacier.

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    Obstacles

    The start of the course is at the western end of the plain on a flat area, 123m above sea level, beginning on a mixture of compact sediment and small rocks, before heading north towards the sand dunes. A wide-open section where drivers will have a myriad of different routes to take through the sandy mogul field, brings them out at the bottom of the first climb up the sand dunes. The course briefly heads back downhill on to theplain for a short section, before turning back up into the dunes to the farthest northerly part of the course.

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    At this point, the course disappears to the far side of the dunes and around a small glacial water lake before winding its way up to the highest point on the dunes measuring 180m, before dropping out of the sandier section and reconnecting with the open plain which will likely bring higher speeds, but whilst it appears flat from a distance, the wind and water flows have shaped the floor, so expect the cars to begin to dance across this area – it is certainly not flat out.

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    Winding its way to the farthest westerly point, the course drops twice into the huge riverbed, with steep drops down and jumps back up onto the plain. Before the course turns back towards the Switch and Finish areas, the slowest and perhaps most technical part of the course goes across a small ‘rock garden’, littered with medium to large rocks, through which the drivers will have to be patient as they slowly pick their way through this unique and very technical part of the course.

    The route back towards the Start and Switch now begins across the bumpy plain, finishing off the spectacular nine kilometre course of the Arctic X Prix.

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    Kangerlussuaq,
    Greenland

    Learn more about Greenland and its environmental challenges

    population 57,000
    timezone UTC / GMT -3

    AVG. TEMP (year) -5°C
    AVG. SUNLIGHT (day) 5hrs
    AVG. RAINFALL (year) 243mm

    issue facing
    Disappearance of Arctic ice
    rising sea levels