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Ice on Hazen and McClure Straits, Canada

75.5N 111.8W

June 26th, 2009 Category: Clouds, Snapshots

Canada - June 17th, 2009

Canada - June 17th, 2009

The Hazen Strait (above center) is a natural waterway through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It separates Mackenzie King Island in the Northwest Territories (to the north) from Vesey Hamilton Island and Melville Island’s Sabine Peninsula in Nunavut (to the south).

Here, the Hazen Strait appears mostly white, as it is covered by ice, whereas the McClure Strait, to the southwest, appears less frozen. The latter’s waters are mostly dark blue with ice bordering and breaking apart around its islands.

The McClure Strait, on the edge of the Canadian Northwest Territories, forms the northwestern end of one of the routes through the Northwest Passage. The strait connects the Beaufort Sea in the west with Viscount Melville Sound in the east.

Looking carefully at the image, despite the distraction of the white snow and ice below, it is possible to see white clouds in a large, loose vortex whose swirl reaches from the bottom left to the center.

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