NASA image acquired August 17, 2010
In mid-August 2010, the Northwest Passage was almostâbut not quiteâfree of ice. The ice content in the northern route through the passage (through the Western Parry Channel) was very light, but ice remained in McClure (or MâClure) Strait. 1
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAâs Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on August 17, 2010. Although most of McClure Strait looks perfectly ice-free, immediately west of Prince Patrick Island, a band of sea ice stretches southward across the strait (left edge of the image). .
The National Snow and Ice Data Center Sea Ice News and Analysis blog reported that even more ice remained in the southern route (through Amundsenâs Passage) of the Northwest Passage in mid-August 2010. Nevertheless, the ice content in the northern route was not only well below the 1968â2000 average, but also nearly a month ahead of the clearing observed in 2007, when Arctic sea ice set a record low. As of mid-August 2010, however, overall sea ice extent was higher than it had been at the same time of year in 2007.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Michon Scott.
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Instrument:Â Terra – MODIS
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