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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.

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).

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.

Canadian Arctic Archipelago

72.6N 99.4W

August 9th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Canada - June 29th, 2009

Canada - June 29th, 2009

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is an archipelago north of the Canadian mainland in the Arctic. Covering about 1,424,500 km2 (550,000 sq mi), this group of 36,563 islands comprises most of the territory of Nunavut and part of that of the Northwest Territories.

The archipelago extends some 2,400 km (1,500 mi) longitudinally and 1,900 km (1,200 mi) from the mainland to Cape Columbia, the northernmost point on Ellesmere Island.

It is bounded on the west by the Beaufort Sea; on the northwest by the Arctic Ocean; on the east by Greenland, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait; and on the south by Hudson Bay and the Canadian mainland.

The various islands are separated from each other and the continental mainland by a series of waterways collectively known as the Northwestern Passages. Here, most of such waterways are covered by ice, which appears to be cracking with the warmer summer temperatures.

Devon Island, Canada

January 31st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Devon Island, Canada - January 26th, 2009

Devon Island, Canada - January 26th, 2009

One of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Devon Island is the second-largest of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut, Canada, and Canada’s 6th largest island.

The largest uninhabited island on Earth, Devon Island comprises 55,247 km2 (21,331 sq mi) of Precambrian gneiss and Paleozoic siltstones and shales.

The highest point is the Devon Ice Cap at 1,920 m (6,300 ft) which is part of the Arctic Cordillera. Devon Island contains several small mountain ranges, such as the Treuter Mountains, Haddington Range and the Cunningham Mountains. The terrain visible here is predominately mountainous.

Because of its relatively high elevation and its extreme northern latitude, it supports only a meagre population of musk oxen and small birds and mammals. Animal life is concentrated in the Truelove Lowland area of the island, which has a favourable microclimate and supports relatively lush Arctic vegetation.

Temperatures during the brief (40 to 55 days) growing season seldom exceed 10 °C (50 °F), and in winter can plunge to as low as −50 °C (−58 °F). With a polar desert ecology, Devon Island receives very little precipitation. A dusting of snow can be see atop the mountains in the center.

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