Bird Cave
Bird Cave

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Bird Cave

2007

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© Philip Jessup

A cave on the eastern shore of Bylot Island overlooks Baffin Bay. An Inuit guide inspects bird nests.

 

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Bird Colony
Bird Colony

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Bird Colony

2007

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© Philip Jessup

Bylot Island lies within Sirmilik National Park and is home to millions of thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and greater snow geese, a Canadian "Important Bird Area".

Floe Edge #1
Floe Edge #1

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Floe Edge #1

2007

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© Philip Jessup

At the floe edge "fast" ice hinged to land rubs against "pack" or sea ice.  This margin is ideal for algae that breed under the ice and support a rich marine ecosystem.

Floe Edge #2
Floe Edge #2

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Floe Edge #2

2007

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© Philip Jessup

During spring melt season, the jostling of ice that has come loose in Lancaster Bay results in jagged chunks that push up against the Bylot Mountain range.

Floe Edge #3
Floe Edge #3

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Floe Edge #3

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The pack ice melts in Baffin Bay in May -- it used to be June -- creating a treacherous landscape for Inuit hunters and photographers alike.

Floe Edge Camp
Floe Edge Camp

POND INLET

Floe Edge Camp

2007

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© Philip Jessup

During my Arctic shoot, my tent was situated on Baffin Bay pack ice in May 2007. One day a menacing storm gathered on the horizon across the Bay towards Greenland.

Floe Edge Lead
Floe Edge Lead

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Floe Edge Lead

2007

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© Philip Jessup

When the ice begins melting in spring, cracks called "leads" form and can spread rapidly. Inuit hunters must now carry satellite radios in case they are stranded by leads.

Hamlet #1
Hamlet #1

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Hamlet #1

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The small hamlet of Pond Inlet, or Mittimatalik in Inuktitut, seen from Lancaster Sound's ice shelf. The population of 1,300 depends on traditional hunting for 25% of its protein.

Hamlet #3
Hamlet #3

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Hamlet #3

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The hamlet of Pond Inlet turns quite muddy in the spring when snow and ice melt. Fortunately, the permafrost is deep here, so the hamlet may not sink as the climate warms.

Iceberg
Iceberg

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Iceberg

2007

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© Philip Jessup

A lone iceberg sits on top of a Shell oil leasehold in Baffin Bay. In 2016, Shell donated its leaseholds to the Nature Conservancy, ensuring prevention of this landscape.

Intuit Hunt
Intuit Hunt

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Intuit Hunt

2007

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© Philip Jessup

A group from the hamlet of Pond Inlet head out to Baffin Bay to hunt seal, narwal, and polar bears. The hamlet depends on the ice for protein and revenue.

Intuit Midnight
Intuit Midnight

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Intuit Midnight

2007

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© Philip Jessup

A typical residence in the hamlet of Pond Inlet, where the sun remains above the horizon from May - September.

Landfill
Landfill

POND INLET

Landfill

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The hamlet of Pond Inlet's landfill is basic and is frozen in the winter. It becomes operational again in the spring and during the warm months.

Melt Pool #2, Lancaster Sound
Melt Pool #2, Lancaster Sound

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Melt Pool #2, Lancaster Sound

2007

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© Philip Jessup

In the spring, large chunks of jagged ice become loose from the pack ice and create surreal scenes like this one on the flat white plain.

Baffin Mountain Range #1
Baffin Mountain Range #1

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Baffin Mountain Range #1

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The Baffin Mountain range is part of the Arctic Cordillera that spans most of the eastern coast of Nunavut. It provides spectacular scenery around Lancaster Sound.

Bylot Mountain Range #2
Bylot Mountain Range #2

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Bylot Mountain Range #2

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The Bylot Mountains are part of the Baffin Mountain range and fringe Lancaster Sound along its northern edge.

 

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Passing Storm
Passing Storm

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Passing Storm

2007

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© Philip Jessup

The Baffin Bay ice shelf seems even more vast when storms cross it. This storm approached rapidly and dumped several inches of snow in mid-May when ice was melting.

 

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Pressure Ridge
Pressure Ridge

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Pressure Ridge

2007

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© Philip Jessup

When the fast ice and pack ice melt, pressure ridges build up under the ice shelf and heave chunks of ice to the surface, creating a surreal landscape of white sculptural forms.

Radio Antenna
Radio Antenna

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Radio Antenna

2007

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© Philip Jessup

One radio antenna connects Pond Inlet with the outside world. There are no roads in and out of the hamlet. You can only fly in from Iqaluit or come by ship in the summer.

Spring Grass
Spring Grass

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Spring Grass

2007

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© Philip Jessup

Spring melt in May in the Bylot Mountains on Bylot Island. The mountains used to be covered by snow well into June.