Melville Island


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Melville Island,

2,240 sq mi (5,802 sq km), Northern Territory, N Australia, in the Timor Sea 16 mi (26 km) off the coast. It is 65 mi (105 km) long and 45 mi (72 km) wide and is separated from Bathurst Island by Apsley Strait. This aboriginal reservation consists largely of mangrove jungle with sandy soil.

Melville Island,

c.16,400 sq mi (42,500 sq km), Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Canada, N of Victoria Island; largest of the Queen Elizabeth IslandsQueen Elizabeth Islands,
northern part of the Arctic Archipelago, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, N Canada. Ellesmere Island (the largest), the Parry group (Melville, Bathurst, Devon, Prince Patrick, and Cornwallis islands), and the Sverdrup group (Axel Heiberg, Ellef
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. Generally hilly (rising to c.1,500 ft/460 m), it has several ice-covered areas in the interior. There are musk oxen on the island. Sir William ParryParry, Sir William Edward
, 1790–1855, British arctic explorer and rear admiral. He entered the navy at 13 and made his first voyage to the Arctic under Sir John Ross in 1818 in search of the Northwest Passage.
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, the British explorer, visited Melville Island in 1819, and its south coast was explored (1851) by Sir Francis McClintock.

Melville Island

1. a Canadian island in the Arctic Ocean, north of Victoria Island: in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Area: 41 865 sq. km (16 164 sq. miles)
2. an island in the Arafura Sea, off the N central coast of Australia, separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait. Area: 6216 sq. km (2400 sq. miles)
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Goodale, Jane 1971 Tiwi Wives: A study of the women of Melville Island, North Australia, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA.
In 2003 Peters put forward a case that, on the balance of probability, the island named OVRO on Eredia's 1602 map is Melville Island and the island named LVCA.
2) OVRO resembles Melville Island in shape more closely than most islands depicted on maps drawn in the 1500s resemble their true outline.
I explained that because of the logistics of operating in one of the world's most remote areas, Bill Baker has never offered nonhunting observer rates at his Melville Island camp.
Eric Venbrux's ethnographic account of a homicide at Pularampi, a Tiwi community on Melville Island off the Northern Territory coast, has all the ingredients of a good read.
While Venbrux has judiciously used the earlier ethnographic data on the Tiwi of Bathurst and Melville Island (especially that of Hart, Pilling and Goodale), to my mind he could have made better use of Gary Robinson's more recent work on conflict, violence and individuals and family forms among the Tiwi.
To the surprise of the scientists, many of the male belugas migrate north from the Beaufort Sea through Arctic waters toward Melville Island, explains Martin.
E[acute accent]We believe that our Sverdrup Basin gas including our interests in the Hecla and Drake Point discoveries on the Sabine Peninsula of Melville Island is a long term resource which may ultimately represent a significant asset to Canada Southern.
The Territory Government has reached an historic agreement with the Tiwi Land Council allowing permit-free access to key fishing areas off Bathurst and Melville Island, as well as the Vernon Islands.
The data for this period comes from the annual returns of the Catholic mission on Bathurst Island to the Northern Territory administration and later returns from the government settlement at Snake Bay on Melville Island.
The Sverdrup Basin is a northeast-trending, intracratonic basin that extends along the Arctic polar margin from the northern tip of Ellesmere Island to Prince Patrick and Melville Islands.