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Cratère des Pingualuit

Pronunciation Key Indigenous language
Ping-waleh Inuktitut
Map location of Pingualuit, QC

Map location of Pingualuit, QC

Pingualuit, the name of this massive impact crater located in Northen Quebec.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. NASA. Courtesy of Denis Sarrazin


ᐱᓐᖑᐊᓗᐃᑦ, ᐅᓇ ᐊᑎᖓ ᑖᔅᓱᒧᖓ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᐹᖅ ᐊᓂᕐᓂᖃᕐᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᒥᖔᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐅᔭᕌᓗᒃ ᐃᑎᖅᓯᓂᐋᓗᒃ ᓄᓇᒥ, ᐅᓇ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᓂᖔᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ. ᑐᑭᖃᖅᑐᖅ “ᐊᖏᔪᒻᒪᕆᐋᓗᖕᓂᑦ ᑲᑕᒡᕕᐅᓂᑯᕕᓂᑦ,” ᐅᑯᐊᓗ ᐋᕿᒃᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᒥᑭᔫᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᐅᑉ ᖄᖓᓄᐊᖅᑎᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓇᒧᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ. ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᖓᑖᓂᑦ 41,600 ᐃᓄᐃᑦ, ᑖᒃᑯᐊᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑕᐃᓐᓇᐸᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑯᐸᐃᒃ ᑕᕐᕋᖓᓂᑦ. (ᐊᐱᖅᓲᑎᑦ ᑭᐅᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ 2021)


 Pingualuit, the name of this massive meteor impact crater, is Inuktitut in origin. It means “great eruptive buttons,” which describes its shape and the many small hills scattered around it. Inuktitut is spoken at home by over 41,000 people, mainly in Nunavut and the Nunavik region of northern Quebec. (Census 2021)

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