The Mackenzie River Delta and the Beaufort Sea

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Mackenzie River Delta and the Beaufort Sea.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Mackenzie River Delta and the Beaufort Sea.

The Mackenzie River is the longest north-flowing river in North America and serves as the leading source of freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean. The amount of freshwater in the Arctic Ocean is directly related to the amount and extent of sea ice cover.

The river also carries with it a sizable amount of sediment, which causes the majestic swirls seen in the water.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory