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Labrador Sea between Canada and Greenland

March 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Labrador Sea between Canada and Greenland - March 4th, 2009

Labrador Sea between Canada and Greenland - March 4th, 2009

The Labrador Sea is an arm of the North Atlantic Ocean between Labrador and Greenland.

Water depths in the center of Labrador Sea are around 3.3 km (2 mi) and it is flanked by continental shelves to the southwest, northwest, and northeast. It connects to the north with Baffin Bay through the Davis Strait.

The Labrador Sea is the source of the North Atlantic Deep Water, a cold, highly saline water that forms in the Labrador Sea and flows at great depth along the western edge of the North Atlantic, spreading out to form the largest identifiable water mass in the all of the world’s oceans.

The white landmass in the upper right quadrant is part of Greenland, while the land to the left is part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many icebergs are floating off the Labrador coast.

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