Brown sea ice lingers in the Hudson Bay •

Last update: December 15th, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows dirty patches of ice lingering in the Hudson Bay around Prince Charles Island and Baffin Island.

The sea ice that clogs up the waters of the Foxe Basin for months at a time is mostly melted away by September.

This year, much of the remaining ice has taken on a brown hue, which can be caused by pollution from ships, mineral dust, or particles from fires.

However, brown ice in the Foxe Basin is typically caused by sediment from the shallow seafloor or the surrounding land.  

This image was captured on September 3, 2018, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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