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Tasmania Islands
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Tasmania Islands, Franklin Strait, Canada
Location Franklin Strait
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 47 km2 (18 sq mi)
Highest elevation 168 m (551 ft)
Territory Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot
Population Uninhabited

The Tasmania Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located in the Kitikmeot Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the island's are located in Franklin Strait, just west of Boothia Peninsula, which is part of the mainland.

The islands received their name in 1859 from arctic explorer Francis McClintock, during his expedition to find evidence of the fate of Franklin's lost expedition. He named the islands at the request of Franklin's widow, who sponsored his expedition. Franklin had been a popular governor of Tasmania, and significant funds had been raised from there for the several searches which Jane Franklin sponsored.

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