National Geographic : 1971 Feb
Shivering wedge of civilization AGLEAM in slanting sunlight, neat houses line the main street of Pond Inlet, home of 390 Eskimos and 40 whites. Beyond blue Eclipse Sound, glacier-laden Bylot Island rears its mile-high mountains. Typical of modern Arctic settlements, the town embraces a government administrative office, Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters, Hudson's Bay Company store, electric generating plant, two churches, and a garage. Tracked vehicles distribute water and heating oil and pick up garbage and sewage. In the spacious red school at far right, children study through seven grades. A third-grader writes a neat lesson in English (left). Beyond the school stands a modern clinic, where a mother weighs her child (above).