Tasiusaq Bay

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Tasiusaq Bay is located in Upernavik Archipelago
Tasiusaq Bay
Tasiusaq Bay (Upernavik Archipelago)

Tasiusaq Bay (old spelling: Tasiussaq) is a bay in the Upernavik Archipelago in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. It is an indentiation of northeastern Baffin Bay. The name of the bay derives from the name of the settlement of the same name in the bay.

Geography[edit]

The bay is located in the north-central part of Upernavik Archipelago, between Sugar Loaf Bay in the north, and Upernavik Icefjord in the south. At its widest − from the Cape Shackleton promontory on Apparsuit Island in the north at 73°48′13″N 56°49′57″W / 73.80361°N 56.83250°W / 73.80361; -56.83250, to the mouth of Upernavik Icefjord in the south[1][2] − Tasiusaq Bay stretches for approximately 93 km (58 mi).

Islands[edit]

There is a large number of islands and skerries in the bay, scattered over the entire area. They can be divides into several groups:

Northern band[edit]

The northernmost group of islands lies between the Nasaussap Saqqaa fjord emptying into Sugar Loaf Bay in the north, and the Kangerlussuaq Icefjord in the south. The major islands, listed from north to south, are:[1]

Central band[edit]

The central group of islands lies between the Kangerlussuaq Icefjord in the north, and the mouth of Upernavik Icefjord in the south. The major islands, listed from north to south, are:[2]

Upernavik Icefjord islands[edit]

The southern group of islands bounds the Upernavik Icefjord from the north. The major islands, listed from east to west, are:[2]

Glaciers and nunataks[edit]

The coastline of mainland Greenland in the region is a series of alternating nunataks and glaciers draining the Greenland ice sheet (Greenlandic: Sermersuaq). the major features, from north to south, are:

Waterways[edit]

The major waterways of Tasiusaq Bay are the Nasaussap Saqqaa fjord in the north, Kangerlussuaq Icefjord, and Upernavik Icefjord in the south.[1][2]

Settlement[edit]

The mainland is uninhabited, and only some of the islands are settled. Tasiusaq is the largest settlement in the bay.[3] Other settlements are Nutaarmiut, Innaarsuit, and Naajaat.[2] The former settlement of Tussaaq has one inhabitant left.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Upernavik Avannarleq, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  2. ^ a b c d e Upernavik, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  3. ^ "Population in localities January 1.st by locality, age, gender and place of birth 1977-2010". Statistics Greenland. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 

Coordinates: 73°20′N 55°50′W / 73.333°N 55.833°W / 73.333; -55.833