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Bays Along Texas Coastal Bend by Gulf of Mexico – January 25th, 2012

27.8N 97.3W

January 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

USA - January 5th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows bays along the Texas Coastal Bend, the flat area of land along the Texas coast.  The Coastal Bend includes the barrier islands of Texas and the Laguna Madre (visible in the lower part of the full image). The bays visible here (from northeast to southwest) are: San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and Baffin Bay.

San Antonio Bay is a bay on the Texas Gulf coast situated between Matagorda and Aransas Bay. It consists mainly of the combined waters of the San Antonio and Guadalupe rivers, and is located at the mouth of the Guadalupe River, about 55 miles (89 km) northeast of Corpus Christi and 130 miles (209 km) southeast of San Antonio. It is protected from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Island, leaving only relatively small and distant outlets to the Gulf for little mixing of bay and Gulf waters. The remoteness of the bay has prevented the establishment of major ports.

Aransas Bay is a bay on the Texas gulf coast, approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Corpus Christi, and 173 miles (278 km) south of San Antonio. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by San José Island (also referred to as St. Joseph Island). Aransas Pass is the most direct navigable outlet into the Gulf of Mexico from the bay. The bay is oriented laterally northeast-southwest, and is extended by Redfish Bay to the southwest, Copano Bay to the west, Saint Charles Bay to the north, and Mesquite Bay to the northeast.

Corpus Christi Bay is a scenic semi-tropical bay on the Texas coast found in San Patricio and Nueces counties, next to the major city of Corpus Christi. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Mustang Island, and is fed by the Nueces River and Oso Creek from its western and southern extensions, Nueces Bay and Oso Bay. The bay is located approximately 136 mi south of San Antonio, and 179 mi southwest of Houston.

Baffin Bay is a bay in South Texas, an inlet of the larger Laguna Madre. The Laguna Madre is a long shallow hypersaline bay along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces, Kenedy, Kleberg, Willacy and Cameron counties in Texas, United States. It is separated by the roughly 20-mile (32 km) long Saltillo Flats land bridge into Upper and Lower bays. The two are joined by the Intracoastal Waterway, which has been dredged through the bay. Cumulatively, Laguna Madre is approximately 130 miles (209 km) long, the length of Padre Island. The main extensions include, Baffin Bay in Upper Laguna Madre, Red Fish Bay just below the Saltillo Flats and South Bay (Texas) near the Mexican border.

Disko Island Between Greenland Mainland and Baffin Bay Ice

69.8N 53.4W

March 15th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - February 23rd, 2010

Greenland - February 23rd, 2010

Disko Island or Qeqertarsuaq (meaning “the large island”), is a big island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland at a latitude of 70° North, and to the north of Disko Bay.

It is visible here in the upper left quadrant between mainland Greenland (right) and the frozen surface of Baffin Bay (left). The swirled pattern is caused by ice that melts and freezes, taking on the shape of the water currents.

It has an area of 8,578 square kilometers (3,312 square miles), making it the second largest island of Greenland (after the main island of Greenland) and one of the 100 largest islands in the world.

The island has a length of about 160 kilometers (99 miles), an area of 8,578 square kilometers (5,330 square miles), and rises to an average height of 975 meters (3198 feet), peaking at 1,919 meters (6294 feet). The port of Qeqertarsuaq (named after the island, and also known as Godhavn) lies on its southern coast.

Cloud Vortex North of Baffin Island, Canada

73.3N 87.8W

September 11th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Vortex by Canada - August 15th, 2009

Vortex by Canada - August 15th, 2009

Vortex

Vortex

The light tan peninsula near the center of this image is part of Baffin Island, part of  the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, in the territory of Nunavut. Above Baffin Island is Devon Island, whose notable feature is the bright white Devon Ice Cap.

Moving east, Baffin Bay is mostly covered by clouds. Some of these have taken on the swirled form of a vortex, as can be observed in the close-up.

Below Baffin Island, part of mainland Nunavut can be seen. The large, sediment-laden, greenish body of water in the lower left quadrant is Rasmussen Basin, a natural waterway through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It separates King William Island (to the north-west) from the mainland.

To the east of this basin is Pelly Bay, a natural inlet and an arm of the Gulf of Boothia. Like Rasmussen Basin, it also appears greenish, although this coloration is limited to its southern reaches.

Ice in the Davis Strait

65.5N 57W

May 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Davis Strait - April 13th, 2009

Davis Strait - April 13th, 2009

As northern hemisphere temperatures warm up, sea ice breaks apart and melts in the Davis Strait, which lies between mid-western Greenland (upper right) and Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut (left).

With a water depth of between one and two thousand meters the strait is substantially shallower than the Labrador Sea to the south or Baffin Bay to the north.

It is underlain by complex geological features of buried grabens (basins) and ridges, probably formed by strike-slip faulting during Paleogene times about 45 million to 62 million years ago.

The strait is famous for its fierce tides, which can range from 30 to 60 feet, and discouraged many earlier explorers.

Greenland’s Disko Island, in Baffin Bay

April 17th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - April 5th, 2009

Greenland - April 5th, 2009

Greenland‘s central ice sheet is blanketed by white snow; its western edges evident by the start of grooved terrain along the coastline. Further west, much of Baffin Bay is covered with cracking ice.

Disko Island, or Qeqertarsuaq, is visible in the top left quadrant. It is a large island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland at a latitude of less than 70° North, and to the north of Disko Bay.

It has an area of 8,578 square kilometers (3,312 square miles), making it the second largest island of Greenland (the main island of Greenland itself being the largest).

The island has a length of about 160 kilometers (99 miles), an area of 8,578 square kilometers (5,330 square miles), and rises to an average height of 975 meters (1,066 yards), peaking at 1,919 meters (2,099 yards).