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Little Lake and Churchill River, Canada

53.4N 60.5W

March 26th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - March 23rd, 2011

Two bodies of water can be observed in this APM image: the Churchill River (below) and Little Lake (above), both located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Churchill River flows eastward across the province and into the Atlantic Ocean via Lake Melville. The river is 856 km (532 mi) long and drains an area of 79,800 km2 (30,800 sq mi). In this false-colored image, it appears to change color suddenly from dark green to bright yellow at a part where it widens substantially.


Churchill River and Lake Melville, Canada – February 25th, 2011

53.4N 60.1W

February 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - January 31st, 2011

This APM image shows Lake Melville, a saltwater tidal extension of Hamilton Inlet on the Labrador coast in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Comprising 3,069 square kilometres, and stretching 140 kilometres inland to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, it forms part of the largest estuary in the province, primarily draining the Churchill River and Naskaupi River watersheds.

The Churchill River can be observed in the lower part of the image, appearing bright yellow in color. The cross shape just above the river’s banks is the airport of Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay (also CFB Goose Bay).

Phytoplankton Bloom Still Present Off Newfoundland Coast, Canada – September 3rd, 2010

46.7N 52.3W

September 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Canada - September 1st, 2010

A phytoplankton bloom tinges the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Canada, near the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The bloom has been present near that province, as well as that of Nova Scotia, since July (click here for previous articles).

Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. The Strait of Belle Isle separates the province into two geographical divisions, Labrador and island of Newfoundland. The province also includes over 7,000 tiny islands.

The bloom is located closest to the island of Newfoundland, which is roughly triangular. Each side is approximately 400 km (250 mi), and it has an area of 108,860 km2 (42,030 sq mi).

Hurricane Danielle (06L) South of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

44.6N 56W

August 30th, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Danielle (06L) - August 29th, 2010

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Track of TS 06L - August 28th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 06L

On August 27, Hurricane Danielle (06L) strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane, becoming the first major hurricane of the season, and further strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane shortly after.

Danielle later weakened to a Category 3, then Category 2 hurricane, and later became a Category 1 Hurricane. As the storm is moving in a northerly manner, it is not expected to strengthen, since it will be experiencing increasing wind shear and colder surface waters.

The center of Hurricane Danielle is located near 38.0°N 54.5°W, about 605 miles (975 km) south of Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador.  The minimum central pressure is estimated to be 977 mbar (hPa, 28.85 inHg) and the storm is moving north-northeast at 29 mph (46 km/h).

Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 80 mph (130 km/h), with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 310 miles (500 km) from the center of Danielle, and hurricane force winds extend up to 85 miles (140 km) from the center. Very high surf and rip currents are likely along the northern East Coast of the United States and the coast of Atlantic Canada, through Monday.

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.