Parry Channel is a sea passage running east to west through the arctic islands. Named for explorer W.E. Parry, it begins at Lancaster Sound, passes through Barrow Strait, leads into Viscount Melville Sound, finally reaching the Beaufort Sea through M'Clure Strait. The permanent pack ice in M'Clure Strait is an impassable obstacle to further navigation through the Parry Channel, forcing ships making the Northwest Passage to detour far to the south. The straight, parallel coastlines and great depths found in Parry Channel suggest it is a deep, submerged trough caused by past intense movements of the Earth. It marks the geological divide between Precambrian rocks of the Canadian Shield to the south and sedimentary rocks forming the arctic islands to the north.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Finlayson, Douglas. "Parry Channel". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 01 December 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/parry-channel. Accessed 22 September 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Finlayson, D. (2014). Parry Channel. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/parry-channel
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Finlayson, Douglas. "Parry Channel." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited December 01, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Parry Channel," by Douglas Finlayson, Accessed September 22, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/parry-channel
Article by Douglas Finlayson
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited December 1, 2014