Richards Island

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Richards Island
Richards Island is located in Canada
Richards Island
Richards Island
LocationNorthern Canada
Coordinates69°20′N 134°30′W / 69.333°N 134.500°W / 69.333; -134.500 (Richards Island)Coordinates: 69°20′N 134°30′W / 69.333°N 134.500°W / 69.333; -134.500 (Richards Island)
Area2,165 km2 (836 sq mi)
Length85 km (52.8 mi)
Width42 km (26.1 mi)
TerritoryNorthwest Territories
RegionInuvik Region

Richards Island is one of the Canadian arctic islands in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The island has an area of 2,165 square kilometres (836 square miles), being 85 kilometres (53 miles) long and 42 kilometres (26 miles) wide. Its eastern limit is marked by the main channel of the Mackenzie River, while its western limit is defined by the narrower Reindeer Channel.[1] The island, while desolate, is home to some major oil and gas sites. It was named by John Richardson in 1826 after the Governor of the Bank of England, John Baker Richards.[2]


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  2. ^ Franklin, John (1828). Narrative of a second expedition to the shores of the Polar sea in the years 1825, 1826 and 1827, by John Franklin,... including an account of the progress of a detachment to the Eastward, by John Richardson. London: J. Murray.