Newfoundland From Space {Photo of the Day}

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador was captured blanketed in ice and snow in this image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite  on April the 9th.

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of ten provinces and three territories in Canada, helping the country to make up the world’s second largest country by area (second to Russia). It is made up of a mainland portion seen in the top left of the image, Labrador, and an island, Newfoundland, seen barely unattached from the mainland.

The clouds to the right of the island are covering the Atlantic Ocean as they sweep east, and leaves the entirety of Newfoundland and Labrador cloud free, beautifully covered in ice and snow. Just inland of the northern coast of Labrador, a large bright white area is the frozen Lake Melville, a saltwater tidal extension of Hamilton Inlet. Hamilton Inlet is not frozen and appears a deep blue color, similar to the open ocean water.

There is some green beginning to show in this image. The southeastern coast of Newfoundland (the island) is beginning to lose its snow and ice cover, as is Cape Breton Island, in the lower left of the image, which makes up the northern tip of Nova Scotia.

Source: NASA Goddard


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