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Caribou along the Itijjagiaq Trail, Nunavut # 3033

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Date: 1995.07.16
Vantage Point: From Itijjagiaq Trail

Caption: Caribou ([i]Rangifer tarandus[/i])

PhotoDescr: Caribou, or reindeer, in the circumpolar area are all of one species, but a number of subspecies have been identified. These are presumably of the subspecies groenlandicus, found on Baffin Island. Members of the deer family, caribou are unique in that both males and females have antlers.

The Meta Incognita Peninsula is at the southern end of Baffin Island. The full name can be paraphrased from its roots as "almost unknown nearly an island."

Philip Mees is a member of the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club, and currently (2002-2003) is serving as president. This photo was taken during a 12 day self-guided trip from Iqaluit to Kimmirut, following the Itijjagiaq route.

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