Arctic Archipelago


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Arctic Archipelago

(ärk`tĭk, är`tĭk), group of more than 50 large islands, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, N Canada, in the Arctic Ocean. The southernmost members of the group include Baffin (the archipelago's largest island), Victoria, Banks, Prince of Wales, and Somerset islands; N of Viscount Melville and Lancaster sounds are the Queen Elizabeth Islands, of which Ellesmere is the largest. Tundra and permanent ice cover the islands, on which oil and coal have been discovered. After Greenland, the Archipelago is the world's largest high-arctic land area.
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Silurian and Lower Devonian thelodonts and putative chondrichthyans from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 75, 1-144.
Stockholm [Sweden], Oct 27 ( ANI ): A Russian helicopter, carrying eight people, crashed off the coast of Arctic archipelago, Svalbard, 800 kilometers north of Norway's mainland.
As the NWP is a route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it is Canada's duty to first consider the detrimental effects of the use of the NWP on the Canadian Arctic environment and the Arctic peoples.
c) By the Territorial Sea Geographic Coordinates (Area 7) Order of 10 September 1985, Canada established a straight baselines system of 139 segments, which follow almost completely the Canadian Arctic archipelago from the boundary with the United States (Alaska) in the Beaufort Sea to the entrance of the Hudson Strait (between Labrador and Baffin Island) in the Labrador Sea.
Svarlbard, an Arctic archipelago administered by Norway, has some
The shortcut between Asia and Europe, which runs along the northern coast of Russia (a route completely different from the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic Archipelago), cuts nearly 6,000 miles and nine days off of the normal southern route through the Strait of Malacca and the Suez Canal.
With over 160,000 km of coastline, Canada's Arctic Archipelago is most assuredly a maritime domain, and as such, will be an essential responsibility of the RCN throughout the next century.
This year's winners honored Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine included a team of researchers who wondered if owning a cat was bad for your mental health; Japanese scientists who tested whether banana peels are really as slippery as cartoons would have us believe; and Norwegian biologists who tested whether reindeer on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard were frightened by humans dressed to resemble polar bears.
The glaciers of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago could lose as much as one-fifth of their volume if warming projections hold true over the next century.
However, the legal status of the Northwest Passage, in particular the portion of the Northwest Passage which cuts through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, remains indeterminate and is a source of contention between the United States and Canada.
One project is to create a sustainable 500,000 sq mile expanse in the Last Ice Area - in the Arctic archipelago of Greenland and Canada - where polar bears and other wildlife can thrive.
During the 2011 field season, a number of bloodsucking species of black flies were discovered for the first time on the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, suggesting that they immigrated recently from the mainland.