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peninsula, Greenland
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Alternative Titles: Nûgssuak, Nûgssuaq

Nuussuaq, also spelled Nûgssuaq or Nûgssuak, a common geographic name in Greenland, meaning “the large promontory,” “the large cape,” or “the large peninsula.” Among the several localities named Nuussuaq is a large peninsula in western Greenland, separated from Qeqertarsuaq Island (southwest) by Vaigat Sound and extending northwest from the inland icecap into Nordost Bay. About 110 miles (180 km) long and 18–30 miles (29–48 km) wide, it has a maximum elevation of 7,339 feet (2,237 metres) near Uummannaq (Umanak). The peninsula has lignite deposits and petrified flora. At its centre lies Taserssuaq Lake (26 miles long, 1–2 miles wide) at an elevation of 2,000 feet (610 metres). A smaller peninsula also named Nuussuaq, 30 miles long and 1–4 miles wide, extends southwest from Cornell Glacier into Baffin Bay. A fishing outpost, also called Nuussuaq (Kraulshavn), lies on the southern coast. Nuussuaq is the name of a suburb of Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, as well.

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