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Distribution of little auk (Alle alle) breeding colonies in Thule District, northwest Greenland

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Large areas with hydrocarbon prospects offshore northwest Greenland necessitate seabird studies in this region. The little auk population breeding in Thule District is the largest seabird population in northwest Greenland, as well as the largest known population of this species. In 1994 and 1995 we mapped the distribution of little auk colonies in Thule District during aerial surveys. Most colonies are situated in sloping screes facing the sea, some as far as 11 km from the coast in valleys or facing glaciers. The total horizontal extent of the colonies is about 400 km. Our surveys generally confirm previous and local knowledge, although the information obtained is more detailed.

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Received: 11 November 1996 / Accepted: 21 September 1997

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Boertmann, D., Mosbech, A. Distribution of little auk (Alle alle) breeding colonies in Thule District, northwest Greenland. Polar Biol 19, 206–210 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s003000050236

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Keywords

  • Hydrocarbon
  • Local Knowledge
  • Population Breeding
  • Aerial Survey
  • Horizontal Extent