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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We saw no extended rubble fields and found no holes clawed through ice in the area occupied by the NB polar bear population, either adjacent to the western or southern coasts of Banks Island or east of Baillie Islands through Amundsen Gulf.
Recently, DNA testing confirmed the identity of a grizzly-polar bear hybrid that was shot in April 2006 by a hunter at Nelson Head on the southern tip of Banks Island.
The oasis sites at Hazen Camp are more similar to oasis sites located at Mould Bay, Prince Patrick Island, Banks Island, and Bathurst Island (many hundreds of kilometres to the southwest) than to those located within a few hundred kilometres on Ellesmere Island.
In this paper we describe the apparent predation of a polar bear cub by arctic wolves on the sea ice off the northwest coast of Banks Island, Northwest Territories, Canada: the second documented case of wolves killing a polar bear cub.
On Banks Island and northwestern Victoria Island, although diagnosis is hindered by incomplete information, several factors likely interacted to cause the declines.
Cretaceous and Tertiary stratigraphy northern Banks Island.
We look forward to the first shipments of concentrate this fall with the realization of a major milestone for Banks Island Gold.
1) shows places mentioned above and in the rest of the text, and Figure 2 shows Banks Island, Melville Island, and other Eastern Beringian Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; see Appendix 1) mammoth sites.
Four muskox carcasses were studied: two adult males on Banks Island, one adult male on Melville Island, and one adult female on Ellef Ringnes Island (Table 1).
Muskoxen populations continue to increase and spread, except that Canada's largest herd, on Banks Island, has been in decline--very possibly from overpopulation and limited food sources.
Banks Island is one of 36,563 ice-covered islands sprinkled in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada.
After passing the mouth of the Mackenzie River, he left the coast and struck north between Victoria Island and Banks Island into Prince of Wales Strait.