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Ice and Sediments in Foxe Basin, Canada

67.7N 76.2W

August 17th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Canada - July 24th, 2011

Foxe Basin is a shallow oceanic basin north of Hudson Bay, in Nunavut, Canada, located between Baffin Island and the Melville Peninsula. For most of the year, it is blocked by ice floes. In this summer image, some ice can be seen in the northern part of the basin, although the southern part is ice-free.

In the full image, sediments can be seen framing the shores of the islands in the bay, particularly Prince Charles Island (just above center). It is a large, low-lying island with an area of 9521 km2, off the west coast of Baffin Island, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The island is uninhabited and its temperatures are extremely cold.

Arctic Islands, Peninsulas, Bays and Straits of Nunavut Province, Canada

68.9N 97.6W

August 9th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Canada - August 5th, 2011

The many islands visible in this image are located in northern Canada, in the province of Nunavut. Visible at the center is King William Island, in Nunavut’s the Kitikmeot Region. It forms part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In area it is between 12516 km2 and 13111 km2.

King William Island is separated from the Boothia Peninsula by the James Ross Strait and the Rae Strait. To the west is the Victoria Strait and beyond it Victoria Island. Within the Simpson Strait is Todd Island, and beyond it to the south is the Adelaide Peninsula, and the Queen Maud Gulf lies to the southwest.

East of King William Island is the Brodeur Peninsula, an uninhabited headland on Baffin Island in Nunavut’s Qikiqtaaluk Region. It is located on the northwestern part of the island and is bounded by Prince Regent Inlet, Lancaster Sound, and Admiralty Inlet. The peninsula is connected to the rest of Baffin Island by a narrow isthmus.

Between King William Island and the Boothia Peninsula, and the Brodeur Peninsula and Baffin Island, is the Gulf of Boothia. It is bounded by the Melville Peninsula and the Canadian mainland to the south; to the north it leads into Prince Regent Inlet and Lancaster Sound.

Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island, in Canada’s Foxe Basin

67.7N 76.2W

August 24th, 2010 Category: Sediments

Canada - August 4th, 2010

Yellow sediments line the northeastern shoreline of Foxe Basin, a shallow oceanic basin north of Hudson Bay, in Nunavut, Canada. Sediments also surrounded several of the bay’s numerous islands, in particular the rounded Prince Charles Island below the image center.

The large Baffin Island marks the northern boundary of the basin. While several areas appear white due to  clouds or a dusting of snow, the one solid white area directly north of Prince Charles Island is the Barnes Ice Cap. It is almost 6000 km2  in surface area, although it has been thinning and shrinking due to global warming.

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.

Sea Ice Along Shores of Baffin Island, Canada

68.1N 70.9W

March 6th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Canada - February 23rd, 2010

Canada - February 23rd, 2010

Swirls of ice line the eastern shores of Baffin Island, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The swirled pattern is caused by ice that takes on the shape of water currents as it melts or freezes.

Baffin Island is the largest member of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world, with an area of 507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and has a population of 11,000 (2006).

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