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Nunavik is home to a wide range of climate conditions and natural regions. The bedrock of the regi​on, which is among the oldest in the world, is close to 2.1 billion years old. This story is revealed in the region’s geographic formations, hydrography and landscapes, including mountains, cirques, wide glacial valleys, eskers, perched beaches, and block fields.

Nunavik is characterized by an inhospitable climate, with a growing period of less than three months annually, not to mention widespread permafrost. The region’s vegetation is classified as tundra: from forest tundra in the south (a transition zone between open boreal forest and Arctic tundra) to Arctic tundra in the north (marked by lichen, low-growing herbaceous plants, and the absence of trees).

Nunavik’s natural regions nurture a limited number of simple ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to environmental stress, although this vulnerability is somewhat offset by the expanse of the ecosystems. Topography, altitude, geological structures and proximity to the sea are all factors that affect the biological enviro​nment and support diversity.

Scientific research allows us to discover and increase our understanding of parks' resources. Researchers are invited to consult Scientific Research in Quebec National Parks in Nunavik: Researcher’s Guide before submitting their research proposals.

Distinct research opportunities are established for each park. These opportunities reflect the parks’ conservation plans and the research interests of organizations operating on the territory. They make up Nunavik Parks’ research priorities.

Send your research plans to our conservation and education team at conservation.education@krg.ca.

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