Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that changes into various chemical forms through geochemical processes. It is an element that occurs naturally in the environment but with industrialization, humans have altered its cycle by adding more mercury in the water, air, and soil.
Arctic Bay, (population approx. 760) known to Inuit as Ikpiarjuk, “the pocket”, is surrounded on three sides by high hills. Located on northern Baffin Island, it is a great place to experience the sights of narwhals, walruses, seals & other sea mammals. Arctic Bay is connected to the nearby mining community of Nanisivik by a 32 kilometre road. Nanisivik was developed in the 1970's to support Breakwater Resources’ lead/zinc/silver mine, which is now in the last stages of closing.