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Geomorphology: the mysterious giant crater in the Arctic that intrigues scientists

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Aerial view of the Pingualuit Crater, in Quebec, Canada

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The plane veered sharply to the right. As we were making our first flight over the runway – or rather, the small piece of rough terrain in the Arctic tundra that would serve as the runway – an alarm went off, the red lights above the emergency exits went on. the sound of the plane’s engines restarting pervaded the main cabin. My stomach tightened.

It was an exciting introduction to the far north of Quebec, Canada, an area known as Nunavik.

Covering the upper third of the Canadian province (larger than the US state of California and twice the size of Great Britain), which the Ungava Peninsula is a part of, this region is unknown to most people. But that wasn’t always the case.

To read in particular on BBC Africa:

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