Barren Grounds

a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, esp. in the area W of Hudson Bay. Also called Barren Lands.

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also called  Barren Lands, 

      vast sub-Arctic prairie (tundra) region of northern mainland Canada lying principally in the territory of Nunavut but also including the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories. It extends westward from Hudson Bay to the Great Slave and Great Bear lakes, northward to the Arctic Ocean, and southward along the Hudson Bay coastal plain and consists of a low, glaciated, treeless plain lying below 1,000 feet (300 metres) in elevation. Its surface is covered with grasses, mosses, and lichens, interspersed with granitic outcrops, and dotted with innumerable lakes and streams, including the Coppermine, Back, Dubawnt, Kazan, and Thelon rivers.

      The ground is permanently frozen to within a few inches of the surface, creating, in many areas, vast stretches of mosquito- and fly-infested swamp during the summer thaw. Caribou, musk-oxen, foxes, and bears inhabit the Barren Grounds, large areas of which are protected by the Queen Maud Gulf Bird Sanctuary and Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. Most of the permanent human inhabitants are people living in the coastal areas. The Barren Grounds region was first explored by the Englishman Samuel Hearne (Hearne, Samuel) during his 1769–72 expedition.

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  • Barren Grounds — Barren Bar ren (b[a^]r ren), a. [OE. barein, OF. brehaing, fem. brehaigne, baraigne, F. br[ e]haigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm. br[ e]kha[ n], markha[ n], sterile; LL. brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barren-Grounds — (spr. Barren Graunds), offene Einöden im Norden der Waldregion von NAmerika; sie nehmen den nordwestlichen Winkel ein, der im Westen vom Kupfergruben u. Großen Sklavenflusse, dem Athabaska u. dem Deer u. Wollaston See, im Süden vom Churchile u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds — (spr. graunds, »unfruchtbare Böden«), die schauerlich kahlen Fels und Eisbodenflächen im nördlichen Kanada, die besonders nördlich vom Doobaunt und östlich vom Großen Bärensee weite Räume einnehmen, und die in begünstigten Lagen von Zwergbirken… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds —   [ bærən graʊndz, englisch »unfruchtbare Böden«] Plural, das von Tundrenvegetation bedeckte subarktische Gebiet Kanadas, mit nur im Sommer oberflächlich auftauenden Böden, subarktische Tierwelt und geringer Besiedlung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds —    The region of northern Canada, lying between the Mackenzie River and Hudson Bay, and from the northern timber line to the Arctic. First visited by Samuel Hearne in 1770 1772. Late explorers who traversed portions of the country are Franklin,… …   The makers of Canada

  • Barren Grounds — Sp Dỹkvietės Ap Barren Grounds Ap Barren Lands L kraštov. Kanadoje (Nunavutas, ŠV teritorijos) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Barren Grounds — a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, esp. in the area W of Hudson Bay. Also called Barren Lands …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barren Grounds — Bar′ren Grounds′ n. pl. geg a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada. Also called Bar′ren Lands′ …   From formal English to slang

  • Barren Grounds — geographical name treeless plains N Canada W of Hudson Bay …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barren grounds — (voz inglesa) ► femenino En el N de Canadá, tierras perpetuamente heladas en profundidad …   Enciclopedia Universal

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