Melville Island

Melville Island, c.16,400 sq mi (42,500 sq km), Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Canada, N of Victoria Island largest of the Queen Elizabeth Islands . Generally hilly (rising to c.1,500 ft/460 m), it has several ice-covered areas in the interior. There are musk oxen on the island. Sir William Parry , the British explorer, visited Melville Island in 1819, and its south coast was explored (1851) by Sir Francis McClintock.

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