Dr. Bondar talks about making this image:
Location of Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada.
Tanquary Fiord is a Coastal Biome with a Polar desert ecosystem.
This image captures the head of Tanquary Fiord. Four major valleys converge here; three in a common flood plain and the fourth in an elaborate, terraced delta all uplifting slowly during thousands of years of the land rebound from weight of glaciation.
On the north coast of Ellesmere Island, in Quttinirpaaq National Park, Tanquary Fiord is an historical research location for meteorological, oceanographic, and sea ice studies and present monitoring of vegetation and active geologic layers.
Quttinirpaaq [Inuktitut for “Land at the Top of the World”] is an extreme high Arctic park of mountains enclosed in ice caps, glaciers kilometres thick, sparse tundra… and a thermal oasis in the middle to surprise hikers and skiers! The last edge of North America, Quttinirpaaq extends to the edge of the Polar Ice Cap.