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Despite the green hues in this image, these rocky islands are too cold - and the soil is too thin - to sustain more than a smattering of low-growing vegetation. During the last ice age, Akimiski Island in the James Bay lay beneath vast glaciers that pressed down with immense force.
As the climate changed and the ice retreated, Akimiski began a gradual rebound.
The island is uninhabited, except for a Dorset (paleo-Eskimo) settlement that was abandoned by 1900 and a defunct exploratory oil drill, built in 1971.
The island is an important sanctuary for cliff-nesting seabirds including its namesake the Akpat or the Thick-billed Murre, which nests in the pock-marked cliffs on the northern and southern ends of the island.
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