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Ice sculpted coast of Nunavut and Manitoba, Hudson Bay, Canada

It was early summer, and the ice on Hudson Bay had mostly moved a little eastward, leaving almost water along the western shores of the Bay. Here the broken up ice is strewn across the sea.

I was flying high over Churchill, MB, Canada when this image was created. I had been photographing the ice sheet that filled most of Hudson Bay, and as we flew it was possible to see the way both wind and currents moved the ice, as the summer thaw began. Then here as we flew along the western coast, the sculpting of the coast by waves and floating ice were evident.

Then flying over the tundra introduced us to another different landscape, with all its dramatic processes and distinctive patterns and features. The current Google Earth imagery of this tundra landscape is stunningly attractive, amazingly clear and wonderfully revealing. It reveals the great complex of landforms that is the tundra landscape of this harsh area.

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  • Uploaded on July 18, 2012
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    by Ian Stehbens