According to a report, US President Donald Trump has been curious about the area’s natural resources and geopolitical relevance and asking advisers if it is possible for the US to buy Greenland.
The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part of Denmark which is mostly covered in ice asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire the territory.
Greenland is a self-governing region of Denmark, which colonized the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometer) island in the 18th century, and is home to nearly 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.
The Wall Street Journal said, some Trump advisors say acquiring Greenland, which is northeast of Canada, could be good for the US, while others called it only a “fleeting fascination” from the president.
The US’s northern-most military base, Thule Air Base, has been located on Greenland for decades but Greenland doesn’t quite live up to its lush name 85 percent of the island is covered by a 1.9-mile-thick (three-kilometer) ice sheet that contains 10 percent of the world’s fresh water.
The world’s largest island has suffered from climate change, scientists say, becoming a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world’s coastal areas one day.
July saw unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet, with 12 billion tonnes of ice flowing into the sea.
This is not the first time the President has expressed his interest in foreign properties. He said the “beautiful beaches” of North Korea would be an ideal location for condos.
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18 September, 2019