Thousands of Landslides on Northwest Territories Island

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Several landslides have occurred on Banks Island in the Northwest Territories.

The landslides have been because of the melting permafrost.

In the past three decades the active slides have gone from 60 to over 4,000. The frequency of landslides is only expected to increase.

The temperatures are warming in the Arctic and since the permafrost is melting the number of landslides are increasing.

Warming ground temperatures are melting the permafrost in the , exponentially increasing the number of , a new study says.

Banks Island is one of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Situated in the Inuvik Region, and part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, of the Northwest Territories, it is separated from Victoria Island to its east by the Prince of Wales Strait and from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf to its south.

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