Image of the Day: Baffin Island -“The Yosemite Valley” of the Arctic


An intrepid rock climber takes a laid 'rope highway' toward the summit in the Baffin Range. Below stretches the ice lake of Stewart Valley, ringed by a fortress of largely unnamed, never climbed peaks.  Mount Thor, with an elevation of 1,675 m (5,495 ft), has the greatest purely vertical drop of any mountain on Earth, at 1,250 m (4,100 ft). Baffin Island, the Canadian territory of Nunavut is the largest member of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely that the island was known to Pre-Columbian Norse of Greenland and Iceland and may be the location of Helluland, spoken of in the Icelandic sagas.


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