Nunivak


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Nunivak

(no͞o`nĭvăk), island, c.1,700 sq mi (4,400 sq km), off W Alaska, in the Bering Sea. It is the second largest island in the Bering Sea. Fogbound most of the year, Nunivak is covered with low vegetation and has a small Eskimo population engaged in hunting and fishing. Reindeer and musk oxen have been introduced as part of a national wildlife refuge there. The island was discovered in 1821 by Russian explorers.
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Nunivak

 

an island in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, belonging to the USA. It has an area of 4,500 sq km and maximum elevation of 511 m (Mount Roberts). The vegetative cover consists of subarctic meadows. The chief occupations are reindeer herding and the breeding of musk-oxen. The main settlement is Mekoryuk, with 250 inhabitants in 1970. It was discovered by the Russian admiral M. N. Vasil’ev in 1821.

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