Kane Basin

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Kane Basin,

110 mi (177 km) long, part of the channel between NW Greenland and E Ellesmere Island. The Humboldt Glacier flows into the basin. It is named for the U.S. explorer Elisha K. KaneKane, Elisha Kent,
1820–57, American physician and arctic explorer, b. Philadelphia. Seeking adventure after medical school, Kane entered naval service and before he was 30 had seen many parts of the world and had served in the Mexican War.
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Kane Basin


a sea of the Arctic Ocean, between the islands of Greenland and Ellesmere (Canadian Arctic Archipelago).

To the north, Kane Basin is connected to the Arctic Basin by the Kennedy and Robson channels; to the south it is connected to Baffin Bay by Smith Sound. The area of the sea is approximately 24,000 sq km, and its depth is 150–300 m. Kane Basin is covered with ice throughout the year. It was discovered by E. K. Kane and named in his honor.

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And he reflects astutely on Adolphus Greely, who led a disastrous expedition along the east coast of Ellesmere Island, and did not attempt to cross Kane Basin to where the Inuit lived: "is it not possible that Lieutenant Greely .
Against a backdrop of mountains, glaciers and fjords, the ship cruises through dense ice to Resolute; Lancaster Sound, home to whales, polar bears and Arctic seals; Coburg Island, circled by rocky ledges dotted with rare seabirds; Smith Sound, Kane Basin and Ellesmere Island; northern Greenland's administrative capital, Qaanaaq (Thule); the migratory bird sanctuary of Bylot Island, and Beechy Island, where Sir John Franklin set out in the mid-1800s with 134 men and two ships to find the Northwest Passage and mysteriously disappeared.