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In December 2007, a massive fracture of the Beaufort Ice pack was observed west of Banks island. The image below clearly shows this fracture.
NOAA Image for January 09 2008
Below we can view a NOAA animation. This animation starts with an image on December 08, 2007 and is updated on a regular basis.
Other interesting features are shown in the quikscat animation from Sept 7th, 2007 to 08 June, 2008 below. During the Arctic summers, due to increased levels of humidity over the Arctic Ocean, the imagery becomes less reliable and therefore we will cease the production of this animation in early June. However we will begin a new animation later this summer or as soon as atmospheric conditions become more favourable.
Please Note: This new updated animation covers the period from June through January 2009. Summer months have reduced image quality but the ice edge is still visible.
|Quikscat 07 Sept 2007 - 08 June 2008||Quikscat 01 June 2008 - 31 January 2009|
Also included for comparison are quikscat images for January 4th for 2006, 2007 and 2008
04 Jan 2006
04 Jan 2007
04 Jan 2008
The ice motion can also be observed by monitoring the buoys of the International Arctic Buoy Program at http://iabp.apl.washington.edu/dailymap.basin.60day.jpg