Steensby Inlet

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Steensby Inlet is a waterway in Nunavut's Qikiqtaaluk Region. It extends northerly from Foxe Basin into central Baffin Island. There are several unnamed islands within the inlet, and Koch Island lies outside of it. The Steensby Inlet Ice Stream arose after the deglaciation of Foxe Basin.[1]

It is named in honor of Hans Peder Steensby, ethnographer and professor of geography at the University of Copenhagen.


Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation is mining for iron ore north of the inlet.[2][3] Iron ore was first found in the Mary River area in 1962. The Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation had plans to build a 149 km (93 mi) railroad line connecting the inlet to a mine-site in the Mary River area. According to the Railway Gazette this would have been the most northerly railroad line in the world.


  1. ^ Dyke, A.S. (2008). "The Steensby Inlet Ice Stream in the context of the deglaciation of Northern Baffin Island, Eastern Arctic Canada". Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. CGRG Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology. 33 (4). Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ McCreary, Gordon A. (2007-03-28). "Our 2007 Objectives" (PDF). p. 12. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Carolyn Fitzpatrick (2008-07-24). "Heavy haul in the high north". Railway Gazette. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

Coordinates: 70°10′N 078°25′W / 70.167°N 78.417°W / 70.167; -78.417 (Steensby Inlet)