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Amund Ringnes Island

Amund Ringnes Island
Amund Ringnes Island from space
Location Arctic Ocean
Archipelago Sverdrup Islands
Queen Elizabeth Islands
Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 5,255 km2 (2,029 sq mi)
Highest elevation 265 m (869 ft)
Highest point Un-named ridge feature northeast inland from Andersen Bay[1]
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited

Amund Ringnes Island is one of the Sverdrup Islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is located in the Arctic Ocean, between 78 and 79 degrees of latitude. It lies east of Ellef Ringnes Island, west of Axel Heiberg Island. Hassel Sound separates Amund Ringnes Island from Ellef Ringnes Island. Hendriksen Strait is to the south, as is Cornwall Island. Norwegian Bay is to the east, as is Haig-Thomas Island. To the north lies Peary Channel.

The island has an area of 5,255 km2 (2,029 sq mi) in size, making it the 111th largest island in the world, and Canada's 25th largest island.

The island was named by Otto Sverdrup for Oslo brewer Amund Ringnes, one of the sponsors of his expedition. He first sighted it in 1900. The island was claimed by Norway from 1902 until the claim was relinquished in 1930.


  • References 1
  • External sources 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


  1. ^ "Amund Ringnes Island". Retrieved 2008-05-28. 

External sources

  • Amund Ringnes Island at The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000.
  • The Ringnes Islands University of Guelph

Further reading

  • Atkinson, Nigel. Late Wisconsinan Glacial and Relative Sea Level History of Amund and Ellef Ringnes Islands, Nunavut, Canada. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, 2005. ISBN 0-612-96234-2
  • Balkwill, H. R. Geology of Amund Ringnes, Cornwall, and Haig-Thomas Islands, District of Franklin. Ottawa, Ont., Canada: Geological Survey of Canada, 1983. ISBN 0-660-10855-0
  • Hodgson, D. A. Surficial Materials and Geomorphological Processes, Western Sverdrup and Adjacent Islands, District of Franklin (Including Amund Ringnes, Southern Ellef Ringnes, Cornwall, Graham and King Christian Islands). Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1982. ISBN 0-660-11116-0
  • Hopkins, W. S. Some Spores and Pollen from the Christopher Formation (Albian) of Ellef and Amund Ringnes Island, and Northwestern Melville Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago. [Ottawa]: Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, 1974.

External links

  • Amund Ringnes Island in the Atlas of Canada - Toporama; Natural Resources Canada
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