Sirius patrol in northern Greenland
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The men - and dogs - who patrol northern Greenland

29 November 2011 Last updated at 16:12 GMT

The Sirius Patrol is how Denmark maintains its claim to north-east Greenland and its untapped mineral wealth - mining technology is not advanced enough yet to exploit it in such harsh conditions.

So each autumn, six dog sledge teams set out to patrol this vast icy expanse, each manned by two soldiers from the Danish Special Forces.

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