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The Climate Dimensions and Overall Appearance The Nunavut Territory covers one-fifth of Canada and stretches from Ellesmere Island off Greenlands north coast to a border that runs north from the SaskatchewanManitoba border The mainland portion of the territory is untouched wilderness and the northern tundra changes into cliffs and plateaux along the Northwest Passage To the north and east the Arctic Islands are surrounded by pack ice for most of the year and the region extends to the glaciers jagged mountains and fjords of the eastern shores of Baffin and Ellesmere Islands The landscape is covered by tundra rock snow and ice The capital and largest town is Iqaluit Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island at Frobisher Bay Nunavut covers 1994000 square kilometers and has a population of 27 500 people Out of that number 90 is Inuit Due to the great land that Nunavut encompasses there are great variations in weather Winters can be severe the northernmost community of Grise Fiord often has a January temperature of -35C and a July high of only 10C Summers are milder but the temperature canand often does drop suddenly There are few benefits to living in such a cold and frigid climate More industry can be developed such as fur trapping and ice fishing But to people who are not used to this climate the cold can be a very negative aspect It is very safe to say that this region is sparsely populated because of the temperature and to locals that is a benefit Nunavut does not have to worry about overpopulation and while most communities are worried about drought and air pollution it is not an important issue to this territory Therefore even though the temperature is a deterrent to us to the residents of Nunavut it is not only a benefit but a way of life The
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