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Cornwallis Island in the Canadian Arctic

75.0N 95.1W

April 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Canada - February 12th, 2010

Canada - February 12th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows Cornwallis Island, one of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. It lies to the west of Devon Island and at its greatest length is about 110 km (68 mi). At 6,995 km2 (2,701 sq mi) in size, it is the 96th largest island in the world, and Canada’s 21st largest island.

Cornwallis Island is separated by the Wellington Channel from Devon Island, and by the Parry Channel from Somerset Island to the south. Northwest of Cornwallis Island lies Little Cornwallis Island, the biggest of a group of small islands at the north end of McDougall Sound, which separates Cornwallis Island from nearby Bathurst Island.

Cape Airy is located at the island’s southwesterly extremity. Also on the southwestern coast, Griffith Island lies directly across from the island’s popoulated hamlet Resolute (Qausuittuq), separated by the 6.5 mi wide Resolute Passage. This is Canada’s second most northerly community.

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