Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
DEWLINE HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION
- CAM-MAIN on CAMBRIDGE BAY, Canada, is situated on 1627 acres along the coastal margin of an extensive, rolling plateau which rises gently inland from the top of steep cliffs (40 to 80 feet high) boardering the western arm of the bay. This Main Radar Station, located approximately 100 feet above sea level, contains the data center for the military CAM Sector, but does not support a contractor’s sector headquarters group. The surface of the terrain is broken by innumerable swamp-margined lakes and ponds. Mount Pelly, about 12 miles northeast of the site is 675 feet high and represents the highest point in this region of Victoria Island. The drainage pattern in the immediate vicinity of the station develops through a chain of lakes to the sea. Vegitation is scant.
- Annual precipitation, including snowfall, is approximately 5.5 inches, being heaviest in July and August and least in February. Snowfall is greatest in October and November and averages about 29 inches a year. Absolute minimum and maximum temperatures are minus 62 and plus 77 degrees Fahrenheit respectively.
- Potable water is pumped from a lake to the station through a heated pipeline.
Site Building Layout Diagram.
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Full size photos (below).
Four pages from Arctic Star handout 01 Mar 1971 Courtesy Bob Schmidt.