Greenland’s ablation of ice sheet opportunities

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Greenland's ablation of ice sheet opportunities
Figure 8 shows progression towards ice-free Greenland.
Increased potential for specific activities e.g. agriculture, tourism,
exploitation of minerals.
Population growth possible with immigration (as area of inhabitable land
increases).
Could be benefits to Greenlanders themselves, or powerful economic
players e.g. oil or travel TNCs, that view this kind of change as opportunity.
Suggest why some groups and communities* view the melting of
Greenland's ice-sheet as an opportunity rather than a threat. (10 marks)
*PLAYERS
The rapid ablation of the Arctic ice are creating many global threats ­ a potential sea level rise of 7.5
metres and switching off the Gulf Stream thermohaline. However, for some groups and
communities, especially for Greenlanders themselves, the idea of an ice-free Greenland brings a long
several opportunities.
As the amount of useable land increases there is an increasing potential for more agriculture e.g.
growing potatoes. This benefits local people as it helps them to produce a cash crop export and it
also is a benefit for Greenland's economy as more useable land is likely to entice more foreign direct
investment.
Most of this FDI will be received through the tourism sector as more inhabitable land will make it a
more desirable holiday destination. This not only creates jobs for local people and boosts the local
people but also benefits travel TNC's such as Thomas Cook.
Finally as the area of inhabitable land increases, Greenland could attract more immigrants and
therefore may experience population growth.
In conclusion, the melting of Greenland's ice sheet rapid will benefit several players (locals, the
government and TNCs), although the global threats that it could potentially create certainly outweigh
the opportunities.
REMEMBER THIS COULD MEAN THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE EXPLOITATION OF MINERALS THEREFORE
COULD ATTRACT LARGE OIL TNCS.

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