Location of Melville Bay in Northwest Greenland
|Ocean/sea sources||Baffin Bay|
|Max. length||300 km (190 mi)|
|Max. width||100 km (62 mi)|
|Max. depth||1,000 m (3,300 ft)|
|Frozen||Between October and late July|
Melville Bay (Greenlandic: Qimusseriarsuaq), is a large bay off the coast of northwestern Greenland. Located to the north of the Upernavik Archipelago, it opens to the south-west into Baffin Bay. Its Kalaallisut name, Qimusseriarsuaq, means "the great dog sledding place".
Melville Bay is delimited by Cape York in the northeast and Wilcox Head, the western promontory on Kiatassuaq Island in the south. Some islands of the Upernavik Archipelago are in the Melville Bay area, such as Kiatassuaq Island, Kullorsuaq Island, Saarlia Island and Saqqarlersuaq Island.
In the 19th century Melville Bay was an important place for whaling fleets.
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