Peawanuck Neutron Monitor

The Winisk River winds north (up) towards Hudson's Bay, past the Cree community of Peawanuck on the left bank. The neutron monitor is located at the airport, recognizable by the runway (linear feature at left).


Detector Type: 18-tube NM64
Latitude: 54.98 North
Longitude: 85.44 West

On May 16, 1986 the small Cree community of Winisk, Ontario was badly damaged by flooding of the Winisk River. As a result of this calamity, the community decided to relocate 28 miles upstream on higher ground. The new town is called Peawanuck, which means "flintstone" in the Cree language. Lands of Polar Bear Provincial Park surround Peawanuck.

Completing the Spaceship Earth network required opening a new neutron monitor station in the general vicinity of Peawanuck, Ontario. An initial visit by Bartol personnel to investigate feasibility and logistics occurred in August 1998. A site near the airport was leased, and the monitor was installed in three modified shipping containters. First data from the Peawanuck neutron monitor were recorded September 14, 2000 at 01:44:00 UT.

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