Banks Island


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Banks Island,

c.26,000 sq mi (67,340 sq km), NW Northwest Territories, Canada, in the Arctic Ocean, in the Arctic Archipelago. It is the westernmost of the group and is separated from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf. Banks Island, which has many lakes, is a hilly plateau rising to c.2,000 ft (610 m) in the south. Once inhabited by Inuit, it is now uninhabited except for occasional trappers. British explorer Sir Robert McClure discovered that it was an island in 1851. Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson spent much time (1914–17) there and explored the interior.

Banks Island

1. an island of N Canada, in the Northwest Territories: the westernmost island of the Arctic Archipelago. Area: about 67 340 sq. km (26 000 sq. miles)
2. an island of W Canada, off British Columbia. Length: about 72 km (45 miles)
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This November, we went north up the coast of Banks Island into McClure Strait where the multiyear pack ice was heavily decayed," expedition leader Dave Barber tells me in January.
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The ferry M/V Carteret, which makes a passage of more than two hours between the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke and the mainland town of Cedar Island to the southwest, began monitoring water quality the next winter, in February.
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ION's ArcticSPAN(TM) program now offers regional exploration teams more than 40,000 km of deeply imaged seismic data in the Arctic region covering the Beaufort-MacKenzie, Banks Island, Chukchi, East Greenland Rift, and Danmarkshavn basins.
But forecasters said the hurricane could strengthen when it crosses the warm waters of the Gulf Stream on a projected course that could take it straight into the Outer Banks island chain off North Carolina early tomorrow.
16, chronicles the experiences of the people of Sachs Harbour on Banks Island in the northwestern Arctic, whose lives and lands are being directly affected by warming temperatures.
On the southernmost shard stands the diamond-backed Cape Lookout lighthouse, overlooking not only the treacherous waters, but also the wild horses of the adjacent Shackleford Banks island, upon which their equine ancestors were once shipwrecked.
The most recent additions to the ArcticSPAN seismic data library, known as 'Beaufort II & III', provide high-resolution subsurface images of prospective targets in the Arctic region, including first-ever looks into the deep water Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin and the western margin of Banks Island.
The remote Arctic Ocean site is a three hour flight by twin otter north of Alaska and north-west of the Banks Island hamlet of Sachs Harbour.