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Haze Over Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada

47.0N 62W

June 25th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

Canada – June 24th, 2013

Haze hangs over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada. The haze is possibly caused by smoke from wildfires burning to the northwest. The Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the world’s largest estuary and the outlet of the Great Lakes of North America via the Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. The gulf is a semienclosed sea, covering an area of about 236,000 square kilometres (91,000 sq mi) and containing about 35,000 cubic kilometres (8,400 cu mi) of water, which results in an average depth of 148 meters.

Phytoplankton Blooms East and West of Newfoundland, Canada

48.1N 56.4W

July 13th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Canada – July 11th, 2012

Two phytoplankton blooms can be seen off the coast of Canada, near Newfoundland. The first is a more intense, electric blue bloom southeast of the island, near the right edge, in the Atlantic Ocean. The second is a fainter bloom west of Newfoundland and north of Cape Breton Island, near the left edge, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

Uniquely Shaped Lakes in Canada – June 13th, 2012

51.2N 68.2W

June 13th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - June 1st, 2012

Several interesting bodies of water in Quebec, Canada can be observed in this image. Crossing the image from the bottom left to the center right is the Saint Lawrence River, which empties into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world’s largest estuary. It is the outlet of North America’s Great Lakes via the Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a semi–enclosed sea, covering an area of about 236,000 km2 (91,000 sq mi) and containing 35,000 km3 (7.7×1015 imp gal) of water.

The oval lake to the west of the estuary is Lac Saint-Jean, a large, relatively shallow body of water in south-central Quebec, in the Laurentian Highlands. It is situated 206 kilometres north of the Saint Lawrence River, into which it drains via the Saguenay River.

Northwest of Lac Saint-Jean, in the upper left corner, is the elongated Lake Mistassini, the largest natural lake by surface area in the province of Quebec, with a total surface area of approximately 2,335 km² and a net area (water surface area only) of 2,164 km².

Finally, visible in the upper right corner is another interestingly-shaped body of water: Manicouagan Reservoir, an annular lake in central Quebec. The lake and island are sometimes called the “eye of Quebec.”

Manicouagan Reservoir and Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada – April 21st, 2012

48.5N 69.4W

April 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - April 14th, 2012

Appearing a a white circle near the top of this image is the Manicouagan Reservoir (also Lake Manicouagan and the “Eye of Quebec”). This annular lake in central Quebec, Canada covers an area of 1,942 km², surrounding René-Levasseur Island. Here, at the end of the northern hemisphere winter, the lake appears frozen.

Visible to the south is the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world’s largest estuary. It is the outlet of North America’s Great Lakes via the Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a semi–enclosed sea, covering an area of about 236,000 km2 (91,000 sq mi) and containing 35,000 km3 (7.7×1015 imp gal) of water. Sediments can be observed near the mouth of the river, entering the gulf.

Saint Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, Canada – December 7th, 2011

48.1N 69.7W

December 7th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Canada - November 22nd, 2011

Two rivers can be seen flowing into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, one of the largest estuaries in the world, in this image of Canada: the Saint Lawrence River, entering the gulf from the left edge, and the Saguenay River, also entering the gulf from the west in the upper left quadrant.

The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. Here, it can be seen releasing tan sediments into the gulf.

The Saguenay River is a major river of Quebec, Canada. It drains Lac Saint-Jean in the Laurentian Highlands, leaving at Alma and running east, and passes the city of Saguenay. It drains into the Saint Lawrence River at Tadoussac. Although the river has a very high flow-rate, no sediments can be seen flowing from it into the gulf. This may be due to the fact that tide waters flow in its fjord upriver as far as Chicoutimi (about 100 kilometres).

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