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Peary Land

Peary Land, peninsula, N Greenland, extending into the Arctic Ocean. It terminates in Cape Bridgman in the northeast and Cape Morris Jesup in the north, the most northerly point of land yet discovered. The area is mountainous (rising to c.6,400 ft/1,950 m) and is free of the inland icecap. Sparse vegetation supports musk oxen and caribou. The peninsula is named for Robert E. Peary, who first explored it in his expedition of 1891–92.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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