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Swirled Patterns of Sea Ice Off the Southeastern Shores of Greenland

62.6N 42.6W

April 6th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - March 5th, 2010

Greenland - March 5th, 2010

Sea ice creates a white paisley pattern parallel to the southeastern shores of Greenland. The swirled designs are created by the melting and freezing of ice in the shape of the offshore ocean currents.

The image stretches along the southeast coast down to Cape Farewell, the southernmost extent of Greenland. The cape is a headland on the southern shore of Egger Island, projecting out into the North Atlantic Ocean and the Labrador Sea.

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.

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.