Peary Land


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Peary Land,

peninsula, N Greenland, extending into the Arctic Ocean. It terminates in Cape Bridgman in the northeast and Cape Morris Jesup in the north, the most northerly point of land yet discovered. The area is mountainous (rising to c.6,400 ft/1,950 m) and is free of the inland icecap. Sparse vegetation supports musk oxen and caribou. The peninsula is named for Robert E. Peary, who first explored it in his expedition of 1891–92.

Peary Land

 

a peninsula in the far north of Greenland between Victoria Fjord and Independence Fjord, measuring more than 300 km from west to east. The northernmost cape of Greenland, Cape Morris Jesup, is located on the peninsula. The relief is mainly mountainous, with elevations up to 1,920 m. The western part has extensive ice caps. The coastline is broken up by fjords, the largest being Frederick E. Hyde Fjord. There is no permanent population. Peary Land was discovered and explored by R. Peary in 1900.