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Ice meanders in the Irminger Sea


Ice meanders in the Irminger Sea Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features ice swirling in the Irminger Sea off the east coast of Greenland.

The sea ice is a typical site in the summertime, originating in the Arctic Ocean before moving southwards. 

The marginal ice zone is the transition region from the open ocean to the white sea ice. This zone can consist of different amounts of ice floes depending on wind direction or waves and ocean currents. The northern limit is the Greenland–Iceland Rise on the bottom of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and East Greenland, which connects to the Greenland Sea. To the southwest, it reaches to Cape Farvel, the southern tip of Greenland, and meets the Labrador Sea at this point. Ice meanders in the Irminger Sea

South of this point is the open North Atlantic Ocean. The sea floor of the Irminger Sea is largely part of the Irminger Basin, a northeastern continuation of the maximally 4,600 m (15,100 ft) deep Labrador Basin, which on the east is bordered by the Reykjanes Ridge. This delineation is oceanographic only and does not represent any official borders. The Irminger Sea is one of the main fishing areas of the Rose fish.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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