Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that changes into various chemical forms through geochemical processes. It is an element that occurs naturally in the environment but with industrialization, humans have altered its cycle by adding more mercury in the water, air, and soil.
With a population of only 19, Bathurst Inlet is best known for the Bathurst Inlet Lodge, a naturalist lodge situated in an old trading post/mission. Visitors to the area usually come to see the spectacular views of the Wilberforce Falls, the highest circumpolar waterfall, as well as the rolling hills, tremendous gorges, beautiful wildflowers and variant wildlife.
Most of the people of Umingmaktok have moved to neighbouring communities, leaving a current population of around ten. However, the area is still visited regularly by hunting groups, naturalists and former residents nostalgic for earlier days.