Fresh water meets the Arctic Ocean • Earth.com

Last update: September 17th, 2019 at 8:28 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the Yenisei River in the Russian Arctic as it transports fresh water and sediment to the Arctic Ocean.

Traces of sea ice are visible along the edge of Sibiryakov Island. Less sediment is moving and mixing during the wintertime when the landscape is frozen. 

In spring, however, snowmelt leads to a surge of fresh water. According to NASA, around 60 percent of the sediments and organic materials that reach the Arctic Ocean do so in the months immediately following the springtime melt.

This image was captured on July 17, 2019 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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