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Nanook River
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
River mouth Hadley Bay, Viscount Melville Sound
Sea level

The Nanook River (meaning "polar bear") is located on Victoria Island in Northern Canada, commencing in the Northwest Territories and ending in Nunavut.

The Nanook River originates in the island's central plain, south of the Shaler Mountains. about two hours by Twin Otter north of Cambridge Bay.

The river flows east, passes through a rapid, and then enters Namaycush Lake. From here, it proceeds northwards through several lakes, the last being the largest at 10 km (6.2 mi) long and 7 km (4.3 mi) wide. The final 8 km (5.0 mi) include several uncharted rapids before the river's mouth reaches Hadley Bay, emptying into Viscount Melville Sound.

No glaciers feed the river. Lousewort, Arctic poppy, aven, sedge, willow thickets are found along the river. Arctic fox, lemming, muskox, snowy owl, Peary caribou frequent the river, and polar bears are common at its mouth.

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