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Icy Foxe Basin in Nunavut, Canada

66.2N 79.9W

May 16th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Canada - April 27th, 2010

Canada - April 27th, 2010

Foxe Basin is a shallow oceanic basin north of Hudson Bay, in Nunavut, Canada, located between Baffin Island and the Melville Peninsula. This broad, predominantly shallow depression, is generally less than 100 metres (330 ft) in depth, while to the south, depths of up to 400 metres (1,300 ft) occur.

The tidal range decreases from 5 m (16 ft) in the southeast to less than 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in the northwest. During much of the year, landfast ice dominates in the north, while pack ice prevails towards the south.

Foxe Basin itself is rarely ice-free until September, open pack ice being common throughout the summer. Click here to see an image of the bay, free of ice, from last September.

Vigorous tidal currents and strong winds keep the ice pack in constant motion and contribute to the numerous polynyas and shore leads which are found throughout the region. This same motion, combined with the high sediment content of the water makes the sea ice of Foxe Basin dark and rough, easily distinguishable from other ice in the Canadian Arctic.

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