Uunarteq

Uunarteq
Uunarteq
Uunarteq
Location within Greenland

Coordinates: 70°25′08″N 21°58′20″W / 70.41889°N 21.97222°W / 70.41889; -21.97222Coordinates: 70°25′08″N 21°58′20″W / 70.41889°N 21.97222°W / 70.41889; -21.97222

State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality 20px Sermersooq
Founded 1926
Abandoned 1980s
Time zone UTC-01

Uunarteq, formerly Kap Tobin, is an abandoned settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in eastern Greenland, located 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Ittoqqortoormiit.

History

The settlement was founded by fishermen and their families in 1926. In 1947 a telegraph and weather station were erected; the station itself employed roughly 20 people. At its largest extent, the settlement was home for approximately 120 people, with its own grade school. The village housed a seismic station until 1960, when it was closed down.[1] Uunarteq was abandoned as a settlement in the mid-1980s, when the local weather station was closed. Today the remaining buildings serve as cottages for the inhabitants of nearby Ittoqqortoormiit. The last family left the settlement in 2004.

Places of interest

In the area ruins of an early Inuit village can be found. The ruins are located at the nearby hot springs, the average temperature of which is 140 °F (60.0 °C).

References

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