Hottah Lake

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Hottah Lake
Hottah Lake Northwest Territories Canada locator 01.jpg
Location Northwest Territories
Coordinates 65°30′N 118°29′W / 65.500°N 118.483°W / 65.500; -118.483 (Hottah Lake)Coordinates: 65°30′N 118°29′W / 65.500°N 118.483°W / 65.500; -118.483 (Hottah Lake)[1]
Basin countries Canada
Surface area 839 km2 (324 sq mi)[1]
Surface elevation 180 m (590 ft)[1]

Hottah Lake is the sixth largest lake in the Northwest Territories, Canada.[2]

Plane crash[edit]

On 8 November 1972, a medical evacuation aircraft piloted by Martin Hartwell crashed on a hillside near the lake. Hartwell broke both legs while the nurse, Judy Hill, and a pregnant Inuk woman named Neemee Nulliayok died. David Pisurayak Kootook also survived the crash but died after 20 days. Kootook was instrumental in the pair's survival but unlike Hartwell would not eat the flesh of the dead nurse.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Map

When the Mars Curiosity rover discovered solid evidence of an ancient streambed on Mars from a pile of cemented smooth rocks (conglomerates), the project managers named one of the two rock outcrop sites Hottah (the other is named Link) after the Lake.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hottah Lake | World Lakes Database - ILEC
  2. ^ The Atlas of Canada - Lakes
  3. ^ As Told at the Explorers Club: More Than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure By George Plimpton
  4. ^ Fesenmaier, Kimm (2012-09-27). "Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed". Caltech Media Relations. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  5. ^ Webster, Guy (2012-09-27). "NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface". Caltech Media Relations. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 

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