An ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada •

An ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada

An ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image of an ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada, on July 2, 2016.

Labrador (/læbrəˈdɔːr/ lab-rə-DOR) is a geographic and cultural region within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the primarily continental portion of the province and constitutes 71% of the province’s area but is home to only 6% of the province’s population. It is separated from the island of Newfoundland by the Strait of Belle Isle. It is the largest and northernmost geographical region in Atlantic Canada.

Labrador occupies most of the eastern part of the Labrador Peninsula. It is bordered to the west and the south by the Canadian province of Quebec. Labrador also shares a small land border with the Canadian territory of Nunavut on Killiniq Island.

The aboriginal peoples of Labrador include the Northern Inuit of Nunatsiavut, the Southern InuitMétis of NunatuKavut, and the Innu of Nitassinan.

From Cape Chidley to Hamilton Inlet, the long, thin, northern tip of Labrador holds the Torngat Mountains, named after an Inuit spirit believed to inhabit them. The mountains stretch along the coast from Port Manvers to Cape Chidley, the northernmost point of Labrador. The Torngat Mountain range is also home to Mount Caubvick, the highest point in the province. This area is predominantly Inuit, with the exception of a small Innu community, Natuashish. The North Coast is the most isolated region of Labrador, with snowmobiles, boats, and planes being the only modern modes of transportation. The largest community in this region is Nain.


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