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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Results indicate that the potential twins share a genotype that originated on Banks Island, rather than in a mainland wolf population (Fig.
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. In captivity, hybrid bears have successfully mated with other polar bears and grizzly bears (Kowalska, 1969).
Likewise, total N (TN) values for the oasis sites (mea[n.sub.oasis] = 1.14 mg/L) exceed the previously reported averages for Arctic islands (see summary in Lim et al., 2005), but are closest to those reported from the lush regions of Mould Bay (0.616 mg/L, Antoniades et al., 2003a) and Banks Island (0.499 mg/L, Lim et al., 2005).
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.
We look forward to the first shipments of concentrate this fall with the realization of a major milestone for Banks Island Gold."
Banks Island is one of 36,563 ice-covered islands sprinkled in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada.
It comes after another wreck, HMS Investigator, was discovered off neighbouring Banks Island in Mercy Bay in 2010, after it was abandoned in 1853 while hunting for Sir John's vessels.
Some efforts are made to accommodate cultural needs and practices within the correctional institutions in the Northwest Territories, but there can be no doubting or downplaying the dislocation and isolation felt by an offender from a small Inuit community such as Sachs Harbour (located on Banks Island, in the Arctic Ocean) who is brought south to Yellowknife to serve time in an institution here.
In many communities residents talk about atypical animal sightings--sea otters and porcupines around Wales; red fox at Herschel Island; grizzlies on Banks Island; the interbreeding of polar and grizzly bears in the Western Canadian Arctic; a brown eagle at Pond Inlet.
Banks Island obsidians, for instance, are found in Vanuatu, the Reef/Santa Cruz group and the southern Solomon Islands (Reepmeyer 2010).
Currie has led field crews to Moosonee, Ontario; Churchill, Manitoba; and Norman Wells and Banks Island, Northwest Territories.