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Vast canyon discovered under Greenland

The hole under Greenland is 466 miles long Credit: PA

A vast hole in the Earth on the same scale as the Grand Canyon lies buried under ice in Greenland, scientists have learned.

The hidden mega-canyon is at least 466 miles (740km) long and up to 2,624ft (800m) deep in places.

The feature, resembling a meandering river channel, is believed to pre-date the ice sheet that has covered Greenland for millions of years.

Professor Jonathan Bamber, from the school of geographical studies at University of Bristol, said:

"With Google Streetview available for many cities around the world and digital maps for everything from population density to happiness, one might assume that the landscape of the Earth has been fully explored and mapped.

"Our research shows there's still a lot left to discover."

The canyon was uncovered by airborne radar which can penetrate ice and bounce off the land beneath.

Explorer warns about the 'romance' of polar expeditions

Mark Wood, pictured during an expedition to the Arctic says the region is one of the most unforgiving on the planet.
Mark Wood, pictured during an expedition to the Arctic says the region is one of the most unforgiving on the planet. Credit: MarkWoodExplorer.com

British adventurer Mark Wood has warned of the dangers of embarking on Arctic challenges, claiming people "fall in love with the romance of a polar expedition" without being aware of the true dangers.

The 47-year-old, from Coventry, attempted to become the first person in history to ski solo to both the South and North Poles, but had to halt the expedition after funding cuts.

Speaking to ITV News from his base camp at Mount Everest, he said: "The Arctic is one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet.

"The dangers are hidden; cold, isolation and the ever-changing landscape.

"People fall in love with the romance of a polar expedition but when you're on the ice it's a very different matter - it sucks the strength out of you."

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QNI pays tribute to Arctic trip fundraiser

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has paid tribute to Philip Goodeve-Docker, who hoped to raise money for the charity with his tragic Greenland expedition.

Our thoughts today are with Philip's family. Philip died doing something that he had always dreamed of, undertaking a great challenge while helping others at the same time.

Staff and trustees at the QNI are very shocked and saddened by this tragic loss but also immensely proud of him and his bravery.

"t is the charity's intention not to let this tragic loss of life pass without creating a suitable and enduring memorial to Philip.

– QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman

Mr Goodeve-Docker also undertook the challenge in memory of his late grandfather, who was a treasurer for the QNI, which is dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their own homes.

Severe snow storm trapped Arctic team for 30 hours

Pictured left to right: Philip Goodeve-Docker with expedition teammates Roan Hackney and Andy Norman.
Pictured left to right: Philip Goodeve-Docker with expedition teammates Roan Hackney and Andy Norman. Credit: PA

The British man who died during a charity trek across the Greenland ice cap was trapped in a severe snow storm for around 30 hours before emergency teams could reach him and his two friends.

Philip Goodeve-Docker, an events manager, along with expedition leader Roan Hackney and Andy Norman, a former IT professional, got into difficulty when the sudden storm hit. Mr Goodeve-Docker died before the team could be airlifted to safety.

Temperatures in Greenland dropped to as low as minus 10.5C (13F) on Saturday, while gusts of 95 miles (152km) an hour were reported on the east coast. Both Mr Hackney and Mr Norman remain in a "critical condition" in hospital, according to Mr Goodeve-Docker's brother, Mark.

Donations to Arctic adventurer's charity exceed £6k

Philip Goodeve-Docker aimed to raise money for The Queen's Nursing Institute.
Philip Goodeve-Docker aimed to raise money for The Queen's Nursing Institute. Credit: PA

The charity page set up by Philip Goodeve-Docker ahead of his trek across Greenland has attracted in excess of £6,000 as strangers continue to honour the adventurer.

Mr Goodeve-Docker took on the challenge in a bid to raise £4,000 for The Queen's Nursing Institute but died on Sunday after he and his two teammates Roan Hackney and Andy Norman got into difficulty.

Adventurers were 'rookies to Arctic'

Philip Goodeve-Docker and his team mate Andy Norman were both "rookies to the Arctic" according to Mr Norman.

Writing on his website before the trip, the 33-year-old former IT professional said he was "setting foot for the first time in the Arctic Circle" and described Mr Goodeve-Docker as "completely new to the Arctic and indeed this adventure lark" but added that his friend had been "training furiously".

Mr Norman and Mr Goodeve-Docker undertook the unsupported crossing with experienced expedition leader Roan Hackney.

The trio was supported and monitored during the trip from the UK, managed by a world leader in managing Greenland expeditions.

Mr Norman and Mr Hackney remain in hospital.

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Donations pour in to trek victim's charity page

Well-wishers continued to pledge donations to Philip Goodeve-Docker's nominated charity today in tribute to the adventurer.

Philip Goodeve-Docker and two friends attempted to cross the world's second largest icecap unsupported.
Philip Goodeve-Docker and two friends attempted to cross the world's second largest icecap unsupported. Credit: Facebook

Mr. Goodeve-Docker died on Sunday after he and his friends Andy Norman and Roan Hackney attempted to cross the world's second largest icecap unsupported.

He undertook the challenge in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for the The Queen's Nursing Institute.

Philip Goodeve-Docker pictured pulling tyres during training for his expedition across Greenland.
Philip Goodeve-Docker pictured pulling tyres during training for his expedition across Greenland. Credit: Just Giving.com

Writing on his Just Giving page this morning, one contributor wrote: "Would have paid any money to have you back my friend still can't believe you are gone. rest in peace hope to see you again one day."

Another wrote: "In memory, you made a difference and lived large!!"

Foreign Office supports Arctic trekkers' families

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it is providing assistance to relatives of Philip Goodeve-Docker and to the families of the two rescued men from his party.

We are aware that British nationals were in difficulty during an expedition in Greenland and have been rescued by the authorities. Sadly one of the men, Philip Goodeve-Docker, died. The two other British nationals are in hospital.

We are providing consular assistance to their families at this time.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman

Family pays tribute to Arctic adventurer

Relatives of Philip Goodeve-Docker have paid tribute to him in a Facebook post:

We wanted to let everyone know that on Sunday morning we had a phone call to confirm that Philip sadly died.

To our son, brother and friend, we are so glad that you were on your adventure and expedition that you had wanted to do for so long. You will be unbelievably missed and your memory cherished. xx

– Family of Philip Goodeve-Docker

The 30-year-old charity promoter from Ealing, London, was said to be "on the expedition of his lifetime" with two friends in Greenland, when the group got into difficulty on Sunday.

Greenland trek victim was honouring late grandfather

Philip Goodeve-Docker undertook a charity trek across the Arctic in tribute to his late grandfather, according to his Just Giving page.

The 30-year-old charity promoter described the 550-600km trek as "one of the great polar challenges."

This is one of the great polar challenges, through which we face such dangers as polar bears (not cute and cuddly), crevasses up to 500 metres deep, polar winds, temperatures of 5C to -50C, plus the horror of 3 men with one tent & no washing.

Part of my reasons for this frankly nutty adventure is my Grandfather, Patrick Pirie-Gordon, who passed away two years ago. Amongst his achievements were his key roles as Treasurer and Honourary Vice-President for the Royal Geographical Society, helping fund polar exploration, and Treasurer for the QNI.

– Philip Goodeve-Docker
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