Cape Vera

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Cape Vera is an uninhabited headland on Devon Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. Protruding off of the island's northwestern Colin Archer Peninsula, it faces Jones Sound. Often, a polynya forms in the Cardigan Strait, a waterway that separates the cape from North Kent Island.

Geography[edit]

Cape Vera, approximately 8 km (5 mi) in size, with an elevation up to 245 m (804 ft) above sea level, is characterized by open sea, coastal cliffs, grassy to bare-rock cliff ledges, scree, and boulders. The rocky, marine shore, of limestone formation, is approximately 300 ft (91 m) in width.[1]

Fauna[edit]

The cape is notable as a Canadian Important Bird Area (#NU053), an International Biological Program site (Region 9, #2-11) and a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site. Notable bird species include Northern Fulmar and Common Eider.[2] Colonial Seabirds are also attracted to this remote, High Arctic site.[3]

History[edit]

Archeological sites have been found near the base of the cape.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sverdrup, Otto Neumann; Per Schei, Herman Georg Simmons & Edvard Bay (1904). New land: four years in the Arctic regions 2. Ethel Harriet Hearn (translator) (Digitized November 6, 2008 ed.). Longmans, Green, and Co. pp. 42, 474. 
  2. ^ "Cape Vera". bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Ecological investigations of Northern Fulmars at Cape Vera, Devon Island". mb.ec.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 

Coordinates: 76°13′59″N 089°13′00″W / 76.23306°N 89.21667°W / 76.23306; -89.21667 (Cape Vera)