April 10, 2008 - The Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence

The image of the Gulf of St. Lawrence was captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on April 7, 2008. Several Canadian provinces are visible - the largest here are Quebec in the west and Newfoundland in the north. In the center, clustered together, are New Brunswick (sharing a peninsula with Quebec and the US state of Maine), the crescent-moon-shaped Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, which is the only area not completely covered in snow.

There are a number of interesting features on the landscape. The round shape on the left center edge of the image is Reservoir Manicouagan, a lake that formed in a 214 million year old meteoric impact crater.

The Bay of Fundy separates mainland New Brunswick from island-like Nova Scotia near the center of the image. The orange color of the water in the inlets is likely the result of extreme tidal changes churning up sediment. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 04/07/2008
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC