Banks Island


Banks Island
an island in the W Northwest Territories, in NW Canada. 24,600 sq. mi. (63,700 sq. km).

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Island, Northwest Territories, Canada.

The westernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it lies northwest of Victoria Island and is separated from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf. About 250 mi (400 km) long, it has an area of 27,038 sq mi (70,028 sq km). First sighted by Sir William Parry's expedition in 1820, it was named for the naturalist Joseph Banks.

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      westernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Inuvik region, Northwest Territories; it lies northwest of Victoria Island and is separated from the mainland (south) by Amundsen Gulf. About 250 miles (400 km) long and 110–180 miles (180–290 km) wide, it has an area of 27,038 square miles (70,028 square km). Its hilly terrain ranges from 1,100-foot (335-metre) cliffs along the north shore to Durham Heights (2,500 feet [760 metres]) at the southern tip. The island is the habitat of Arctic foxes, wolves, caribou, polar bears, and many birds. First sighted by Sir William Parry's expedition in 1820, it was named for Sir Joseph Banks (Banks, Sir Joseph, Baronet). Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Stefansson, Vilhjalmur) explored the interior in 1914–17. Sachs Harbour on its southwest coast, with air service to Inuvik on the mainland, is a base for trappers (especially of white fox) and for oil exploration.

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  • Banks Island — /bænks ˈaɪlənd/ (say banks uyluhnd) noun an island of northern Canada, in the Arctic Archipelago; part of the Northwest Territories. 67 340 km2 …   Australian English dictionary

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