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Melville Peninsula

Melville Peninsula, 24,156 sq mi (62,564 sq km), c.250 mi (400 km) long and from 70 to 135 mi (113–217 km) wide, Nunavut, Canada, between the Gulf of Bothnia and Foxe Basin, and separated from Baffin Island to the N by the Fury and Hecla Strait; it is joined to the mainland by the Rae Isthmus. Numerous streams radiate from the peninsula's central hilly section, which rises to 1,850 ft (564 m). Hall Lake (c.200 sq mi/520 sq km) lies near the northeast coast, and in the southern portion of the peninsula are many connected lakes. The tundra-covered region is virtually uninhabited and is of little importance economically. There is a trading post at Repulse Bay on the south coast and an air station near Hall Lake.

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

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