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Meighen Island is an uninhabited Canadian arctic islandmarker in Nunavutmarker, Canadamarker. Located at 79°55'N 99°30'W, it measures in size and is topped with an icecap. The island is continuously icebound, and its northwestern coast faces onto the open Arctic Oceanmarker. Meighen Island was discovered in 1916 by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and later named after Arthur Meighen, Canadian prime minister. Unlike many Canadian arctic islands, no traces of Inuit or Thule camps have been found, suggesting the island has never been occupied, and this is likely due to its extreme northern latitude.

Meighen Island has few neighbours. It is about west of the next nearest major island, Axel Heiberg Islandmarker. About 4 km to Meighen's north, across the Hose Strait, lies small crescent-shaped Perley Island. The Fay Islandsmarker lie between Meighen Island and Axel Heiberg Island within the Sverdrup Channelmarker.[112550]


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