Jens Munk Island

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Jens Munk Island
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Jens Munk Island, Nunavut.
Geography
Location Foxe Basin
Coordinates 69°39′N 80°04′W / 69.650°N 80.067°W / 69.650; -80.067 (Jens Munk Island)Coordinates: 69°39′N 80°04′W / 69.650°N 80.067°W / 69.650; -80.067 (Jens Munk Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 920 km2 (360 sq mi)
Administration
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Jens Munk Island is one of the Canadian arctic islands in Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is an uninhabited Baffin Island offshore island. Located at 69°39'N 80°04'W it has an area of 920 km2 (360 sq mi).[1]

The island is named in honor of Danish explorer Jens Munk who searched for the Northwest Passage in 1619-20.

The island presently has no permanent resident population. Historically, however, it was the location of Kapuivik, a hunting camp which is now an important archaeological site for Dorset and Pre-Dorset research.[2] Kapuivik was also the birthplace of noted film director Zacharias Kunuk.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Atlas of Canada - Sea Islands". Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  2. ^ Peter N. Peregrine and Melvin Ember, Encyclopedia of Prehistory: Volume 2: Arctic and Subarctic, Volume 6. Springer Science+Business Media, 2001. ISBN 9780306462566. p. 41.
  3. ^ "Zacharias Kunuk’s life, from a sod house to the Cannes Film Festival". Toronto Star, April 26, 2015.