INLAND ICE Water Analysis:
|Source:||Glacial Ice Sheet|
|Country of Origin:||Greenland|
|Region:||The Arctic, West Greenland|
|Company:||INLAND ICE APS|
Permanent ice that covers more than 50,000 km2 (19,000 sq. mi) is known as an ice sheet. These sheets exist in only two locations on earth – namely, Antarctic and Greenland.
Greenland is the largest island in the world - 17 times the size of England. Disko Bay near Ilulissat is situated in the northwest part of Greenland. Each day, in this area alone, 70 million metric tons of Inland ice is being pushed out into the bay in the form of icebergs. The ice sheet of Greenland, also known as the Inland Ice, covers approx. 80% of Greenland. It is generally over 2 km (1.2 mi) thick and more than 3 km (1.9 mi) at its thickest point.
In a continuous, natural process, the ice sheet “calves” icebergs which melt and are absorbed into the ocean. Bottling this ice thus retrieves one of the most valuable natural resources that exists – clean drinking water – before it is lost at sea.
The ice for INLAND ICE is always harvested at sea. The company has two concessions permitted for harvesting ice at sea and they are used depending on seasons and weather conditions. One concession is situated within the Ilulissat Bay. The second concession is a bay close to the town of Arsuk. This is a pioneering project - where GEUS have made recent extensive geological studies, that show great conditions in both water quality and harvesting conditions. The water for INLAND ICE is collected in Greenland at sea from icebergs that have been "calved" from the Inland ice and bottled in Denmark, as there are no bottling facilities on Greenland.
The Inland Ice has been encapsulated for more than 100,000 years – completely isolated from any contact with layers of soil and was formed long before the first human being set foot within the Arctic Circle. This process of preservation is what has kept this product of nature in a uniquely pristine state – free of any pollutants or contamination. This places INLAND ICE water in an exceptionally rare category of waters on earth.
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