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STS110-719-057

July 19, 2011
A number of sea ice swirls in the Labrador Sea were captured on film by the crewmembers of the Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-110. As the past winter's pack ice breaks up off the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland, large patches and filaments of ice are drawn into the circulations of storms as they exit North America and race toward the North Atlantic. Patterns such as these, according to meteorologists, are often found in the clearing wakes of such storms and are slowly borne southeastward by the Labrador Current where they eventually dissipate in warmer waters there.