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Melting Ice in Hudson Bay [image] #NASA

Melting Ice in Hudson Bay [image] #NASA

View Image Comparison View Both Images When Northern Hemisphere sea ice reaches its maximum extent each winter, sea ice also covers Hudson Bay in northeastern Canada. When summer arrives, bringing warm temperatures and long hours of sunlight, ice retreats dramatically in the Arctic Ocean. Yet some ice persists all through the summer in the Arctic. Not so in Hudson Bay. Sea ice in Hudson Bay typically starts to retreat in May, and often melts out completely sometime in July. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed ice retreat in the Hudson Bay in 2012. These images show the southeastern corner of Hudson Bay on April 6, 2012 (top), and June 5, 2012 (bottom). These images have been rotated and north is at right. In early April 2012, snow blankets most of the land around this corner of the bay, and sea ice coats the water in ...

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