town in southwestern Greenland, on the 20-miles- (32-km-) long Arsuk Fjord, southeast of Paamiut (Frederikshab). Nearby is a large open-pit cryolite mine (deposit discovered in 1794), which used to be of major economic importance to Greenland. Although the mine was closed in 1963, the stockpiled cryolite was exported until the late 1980s. The community was founded in 1864 with the opening of the mine. During World War II a U.S. military naval base was built at the head of Arsuk Fjord; it is now the headquarters of the Danish navy's Greenland Command at Gronnedal (Kangilinnguit).
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