Baffin Bay - Northern Canada

Baffin Bay - Northern Canada
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The northward progression of the spring thaw into Baffin Bay is apparent in this MODIS image from May 16, 2001. Clear water and a stream of melting sea ice can be seen opening up between Greenland (upper right) and Canada's Ellesmere Islands. Native peoples and other early adventures explored these dangerous, ice-filled waters, and their explorations led to the discovery of the Northwest Passage, a navigable waterway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Orient that passed through the Arctic Ocean.

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  • Data Date:

    May 16, 2001
  • Visualization Date:

    March 1, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS

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