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Richards Island
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Location Northern Canada
Coordinates 69°20′N 134°30′W / 69.333°N 134.500°W / 69.333; -134.500 (Richards Island)
Area 2,165 km2 (836 sq mi)
Length 85 km (52.8 mi)
Width 42 km (26.1 mi)
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Inuvik Region
Population Uninhabited

Richards Island is one of the Canadian arctic islands within the Northwest Territories, Canada. The island has an area of 2,165 square kilometres (836 square miles), being 85 kilometres (53 miles) long and 42 kilometres (26 miles) wide. Its eastern limit is marked by the main channel of the Mackenzie River, while its western limit is defined by the narrower Reindeer Channel.

Richards Island was named by John Richardson in 1826 after the Governor of the Bank of England, John Baker Richards. The island, while desolate, is home to some major oil and gas sites. The nearest permanent settlement is Tuktoyaktuk, which lies 29 km (18 mi) to the east on the mainland.

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