pilagiarniq - ice bridge

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pilagiarniq - ice bridge

pilagiarniq - ice bridge

Indigenous Knowledge

pilagiarniq ᐱᓚᒋᐊᕐᓂᖅ 
'ᐋᔪᕋᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᑳᕐᕕᒃ ᓯᑯ. ᐋᔪᕋᐅᑉ ᐃᓱᐊ (ᓯᑯᒥᑦ).
Aajurakkut ikaarvik siku. Aajuraup isua (sikumit).
Areas of stable ice between where leads begin and end. Also
called ice bridges. They are safe places to cross when leads
get too wide. Share their locations with others in the
community, but be cautious as this will eventually break off.' (Mittimatalik, North Qikiqtaaluk, Sikumiut Sea Ice Terminology, 2022, p. 116)

ikaaruti ᐃᑳᕈᑎ 'A crack that forms from land to an island, or island to island, like “a bridge' (Sanikiluaq, Nunavimmiutitut, Sanikiluaq Terminology Workshop 2018)

Western Knowledge

ice bridge 'An ice bridge is a frozen natural structure formed over seas, bays, rivers or lake surfaces. They facilitate migration of animals or people over a water body that was previously uncrossable by terrestrial animals, including humans. The most significant ice bridges are formed by glaciation, spanning distances of many miles over sometimes relatively deep water bodies.' (

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