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Hat Island (Nunavut)

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Hat Island
Waters Eureka Sound, Arctic Ocean
Archipelago Sverdrup Islands, Queen Elizabeth Islands
Geographical position 78° 59′ 9″ N, 84° 53′ 37″ WCoordinates 78° 59′ 9″ N, 84° 53′ 37″ W
Hat Island (Nunavut) (Nunavut)
Hat Island (Nunavut)

Length 2.6 km
Wide 1.8 km
Area 2,2 km²
Highest elevation 196 m
Inhabitants uninhabited

Hat Island(Norwegian Hatøen) is an uninhabited island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is part of the Sverdrup Islands within the Queen Elizabeth Islands.

Geography

Hat Island is located at the confluence of the Bay Fiord and Eureka Sound. It is 4.5 km to the north and 6.8 km to the south from Ellesmere Island. From Stor Island to the west and Gretha Islands to the east, Hat Island is 5.4 and 7.8 km respectively. The 2.2 km² island reaches an elevation of 196 m.[1]

History

The island was named by Otto Sverdrup during the Second Norwegian Expedition with the Fram. He inspected it on 31 May 1901 and found tent rings here as evidence of earlier visits by Inuit.[2] Like the other islands discovered by the expedition, Sverdrup took possession of Hatøen for Norway, which never exercised its sovereign rights. They have belonged to Canada since 1930.

Individual references

  1. Hat Island, The Atlas of Canada
  2. Otto Sverdrup: New Land, vol. 2, Longmans, Green and Co., London 1904, p. 394 (English).