The nutrient-rich icefjord - animals and plants

The meltwater from the glacier ice in Kangia contains large quantities of nutrients, and the turbulence caused by the constant motion of calving icebergs brings warm and nutritious water from the deeper layers up to the surface. Large quantities of plankton are prod­uced all year round, and attract vast numbers of crust­aceans, fish, marine mammals and birds. By contrast, the rocky land areas are poor in nutrients and heath is the most widespread vegetation type.