The Sverdrup Pass, a 68 mi (109 km) long travel route across the island, extends from Irene Bay to Flagler Bay.
In the late 1980s, several sites of fossilized tree stumps and branches were found on its northern shore, an area now characterized by Arctic willow shrubs.
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^Thurston, T.; Raillard, M.; Svoboda, J. (Winter 1989). "New fossil forest site at Irene Bay, Ellesmere Island, N.W.T." ucalgary.ca. Retrieved 2009-06-11.