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Innuitian Mountains

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Innuitian Mountains
by Stefan and Pat K.
Location
Climate
Vegetation and Fauna
The Innuitian Mountains have a lot of snow so they are not ideal for growing fruits and vegetables. However if you look hard enough you may be able to find rare berries, lichens, moss, tough grass, arctic willows and small willow shrubs. There are no trees in the Innuitian Mountains.
Tourism
There are not very many tourist attractions in this landform region due to the harsh and freezing cold climate. It can be compared to a snowy desert! One of the few possible tourist attractions in the Innuitian Mountains is enjoying the beautiful scenery and enjoying how different the Innuitian Mountains are from many other areas.
Demographics
Due to the extreme weather conditions of the Innuitian Mountains, there isn't much population data available. The estimated amount of people in the region is around 600. There are almost no permanent residence in the Innuitian Mountains, as most people are there temporarily (mainly research/weather/studying). The three most notable locations in the Innuitians are Alert, Resolute Bay, and Isachsen. To give you an idea of how populated the Innuitians are, one of its "major" communities, Alert, currently has a permanent population of 0, meaning no one there will be there for their whole lives. The reason for this is because Alert used for research, weather, and military purposes, and most people there for work rotate and do not permanently live there. Resolute has a population of about 229, and there is no data on Isachsen's population, as it is just a remote research-weather station that was abandoned in 1978.
Economy
Due to its conditions, there isn't much of an economy in the Innuitian Mountains. There are some minerals in the Innuitians (iron, zinc, coal), but since the climate is so harsh, the minerals are rarely exploited as it is cheaper to set up mines elsewhere. The region is so hostile that it is unlikely any major industry will develop. Some jobs in the Innuitian's include weather research, and military research/signals in Alert. Some of the inhabitants are native Inuits, and even most of them don't live in the Innuitians.
Inferences
Some the information we provided about the Innuitian Mountains includes the population being very low, there being very little animals and plant life, there not much of an industry, there being almost no tourist attractions, and there being very few communities. This all occurs because of the climate. The Innuitian Mountains region is far north from the equator, causing the climate to be extremely harsh, which has an impact on industry, population, plant and animal life, tourism, and communities as it is extremely difficult for both humans, animals, and plants to thrive in the Innuitian Mountains, making it not be very popular for tourism, and making the industry very limited.
~Sources~
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/innuitian-region/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/288765/Innuitian-Mountains

http://geogratis.gc.ca/api/en/nrcan-rncan/ess-sst/d5ade3f9-fc07-5cc8-af73-d6d2ecb3a65e.html

http://teacherweb.com/NF/StPetersJuniorHigh/MrGWilliams/Canadian-Landforms.pdf

prezi.com (Prezi's with Innuitian Mountains info)

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Wikipedia (images, etc.)
The Innuitian Mountains are situated in Canada's arctic territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. They are a mountain range and are largely unexplored. They were first discovered in 1882 by the explorer Adolphus Greely.
Type of climate: Maritime
Total annual precipitation: 410mm
Temperature: 35.7°C
Avg. temperature: -10°C
(please note that Iqaluit is the closest city to the Innuitian Mountains that collects data, as not many people live in the Innuitians, so this information is not completely accurate)
The Innuitian Mountains are located far from the equator, causing the climate to be extremely cold. Ocean currents from the ocean also bring warm and cold air to the Innuitian Mountains, and winds bring air masses to the Innuitian Mountains. These air masses change the temperature. Since the Innuitian Mountains are near water, it has a moderating effect on the climate. There are also severe storms in the Innuitian Mountains including harsh winds and snow blizzards. If global warming continues to increase, it could lead to unstable weather conditions (ex. more extreme winters).
(flora and fauna)
As you can see, the Innuitian Mountains are so cold that they can barely support any plant life except for a few rare plants here and there.
Animals
There is very little or no wildlife in the Innuitian Mountains due to its extremely harsh climate. The only animals that have been spotted there are goats, arctic owls, arctic foxes, seals, polar bears, walruses, caribou and arctic hares.
Isachsen in 1974
A recent photo of Isachsen (now abandoned)
Alert
Resolute Bay
Resolute Bay, one of the few communities in the Innuitians.
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