Water as Power and Destroyer
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The largest lake in Greenland Tasersiaq is located far inland behind two glaciers, and it takes a real effort to get there. Even though some local people recall stories about caribou hunters camping there annually until as late as the 1970s, it is a place considered far away and rarely visited. Despite this, many Greenlanders relate to it as a place with historical and mythical connotations. During oil energy crisis in the 1970s, Danish engineers looked into the lake's water potential, as furnished by water from both rain and melting glaciers. Their detailed studies indicated that the lake contained a vast potential for making a reservoir for a hydro-electricity plant. Therefore, it came as a positive surprise to the mayors of Nuuk, Maniitsoq and Sisimiut, three towns located closest to the lake that the Greenlandic government had been approached by an aluminium company with plans to use the lake as an energy resource for an aluminium smelter.