Baffin Island
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Baffin Island

October 8, 2008
Pictured in this image captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on October 2, 2008, is Baffin Island. Baffin Island is located north of the Hudson Strait, which separates it from the Canadian Province of Quebec. To the east is Greenland, beyond the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. It is the largest island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago - and the 5th largest island in the world!

Along the northeastern shore of the island is the Baffin Mountain range, which is part of the Arctic "Rockies". There are several peaks over 2000 meters tall. The more western side of the island has low tundra rather than mountains. There are many small lakes and a few large ones, like Nettilling and Amadjuak. Much of the island is covered in permanent ice - Penny and Barnes ice caps cover nearly 6000 square kilometers each. Both are in a state of retreat, meaning they are growing smaller.

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