Amadjuak Lake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Amadjuak Lake
Wfm baffin island.jpg
Amadjuak Lake is in the southern part of Baffin Island, the lower of the two visible lakes; the higher one is Nettilling Lake.
Amadjuak Lake is located in Nunavut
Amadjuak Lake
Amadjuak Lake
Location in Nunavut
Location Baffin Island, Nunavut
Coordinates 64°55′N 071°00′W / 64.917°N 71.000°W / 64.917; -71.000 (Amadjuak Lake)Coordinates: 64°55′N 071°00′W / 64.917°N 71.000°W / 64.917; -71.000 (Amadjuak Lake)
Basin countries Canada
Surface area 3,115 km2 (1,203 sq mi)
Surface elevation 113 m (371 ft)
Settlements uninhabited

Amadjuak Lake is a lake in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. Along with Nettilling Lake, it is located in south-central Baffin Island's Great Plain of the Koukdjuak. It is 154 km (96 mi) south of Burwash Bay. The closest community is Iqaluit. (Jacobs, 1997)

Geography[edit]

The lake is 3,115 km2 (1,203 sq mi) in size, and sits at an elevation of 113 m (371 ft).

This lower-lying area only emerged 4,500 years ago (recently in geological terms) from beneath the waters of Foxe Basin. Amadjuak Lake is the second largest lake on Baffin Island (after Nettilling Lake) and third-largest in Nunavut.

Ethnography[edit]

Amadjuak Lake's Arctic tundra yielded artifacts of Thule people's autumnal use dating 3,000 B.C. It later was a gathering place for Inuit from Kimmirut, Soper River Valley, Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset, and Frobisher Bay.[1]

Fauna[edit]

Amadjuak Lake is also notable as a summer feeding grounds, calving grounds, and migration route for the Southern Qikiqtaaluk herd of Barren-ground caribou.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Soper River". park.org. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Inuit Knowledge of the Qikiqtaaluk Caribou". itk.ca. Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2008-01-19.