Sverdrup Pass (79°08′06″N 80°29′52″W / 79.13500°N 80.49778°W / 79.13500; -80.49778 (Sverdrup Pass)Coordinates: 79°08′06″N 80°29′52″W / 79.13500°N 80.49778°W / 79.13500; -80.49778 (Sverdrup Pass)) is a mountain pass in central Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada.[citation needed]

On 27 May 2013, researchers from the University of Alberta found samples of 400-year-old bryophytes that were still alive and viable. The specimens were found in an area vacated by the retreating Teardrop Glacier, near Sverdrup Pass. The bryophytes had most likely been buried under ice during the Little Ice Age.[1]


  1. ^ "Centuries-old frozen plants revived". BBC News. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.