Mansel Island

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Mansel Island
Native name:
Pujjunaq
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Aqua MODIS satellite image of Mansel Island, Canada from July 2003.
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Mansel Island, Nunavut
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Mansel Island
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Mansel Island
Geography
Location Hudson Bay
Coordinates 61°59′30″N79°50′00″W / 61.99167°N 79.83333°W / 61.99167; -79.83333 (Mansel Island) [1] Coordinates: 61°59′30″N79°50′00″W / 61.99167°N 79.83333°W / 61.99167; -79.83333 (Mansel Island) [2]
Archipelago Arctic Archipelago
Area3,180 km2 (1,230 sq mi)
Administration
Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population0

Mansel Island (Inuktitut: Pujjunaq), a member of the Arctic Archipelago, is an uninhabited island in Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut. It is located in Hudson Bay off of Quebec's Ungava Peninsula. [3] At 3,180 km2 (1,230 sq mi) in size, it is the 159th largest island in the world, and Canada's 28th largest island.

Mansel Island was named in 1613 by Sir Thomas Button [4] after Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Mansell.

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References

  1. "Mansel Island". Geographical Names Data Base . Natural Resources Canada.
  2. "Mansel Island". Geographical Names Data Base . Natural Resources Canada.
  3. Mary Lu Abbott (2006-02-05). "Native expedition to the Arctic frontier". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  4. Hood, Robert; C. Stuart Houston (1994). To the Arctic by Canoe, 1819-1821: The Journal and Paintings of Robert Hood, Midshipman with Franklin. p. 16. ISBN   978-0-7735-1222-1 . Retrieved 2008-09-28. ...named by Button in 1613, after Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Mansel (1573-1653).

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