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    Luftgruppe Vest is the Royal Danish Air Force in Greenland.

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      As is appropriate for the place in Greenland with the most metalled road, the next few photos have a transport theme. They include ones that could equally have found a place in our forum’s “abandoned” threads, but they are all a part of the Kangerlussuaq story.

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                Some buildings ….starting with the church

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                  There is a museum…if at a later date I show any photos from inside, it will be in the aviation section.

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                    Commercial premises





                    A congress centre

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                      Perhaps the most modern premises…





                      ….and there is also this house under construction.

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                        Typical housing blocks…





                        …and in contrast, and considerable less typical, a house with garden and a greenhouse!

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                          This house was a little further out and rather more like the Danish style of other places in Greenland

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                              As on the previous picture, one notices aerials and associated buildings arouns and on the mountain top. Many technical installations are scattered around the area, which has always figured in radar, communications, and many aspects of scientific research. (Indeed the reason the name Kangerlussuaq was so familiar to me prior to coming here was as the site of a station for receiving weather satellite data.)

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                                I’m sure I look a LOT more photos than most people did that day in Kangerlussuaq. And I’m not going to apologise at all for posting so many here. For the “different-ness” of the place fascinated me, and the mood on that predominantly cloudy day caught my imagination. I kept thinking “what a perfect place to shoot a movie”. There was something slightly disturbing about it, something of a time warp about its curious juxtapositions. The divide between man-made and nature seemed particularly sharply drawn.

                                Actually I wish I’d taken more…or different pictures, more details also, especially in the light of inspiration from images on the pages of this forum that have appeared since. I’d love to go back there…and on that day I wouldn’t hope for the sun to shine.

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