Ice cover in the Sea of Okhotsk

ice-cover-in-the-sea-of-okhotsk

In late March, 2012 sea ice hugged the shores of Russia’s Sakhalin Island and covered much of the Sea of Okhotsk. As spring brings increasing sunlight to the region, the ice will begin to break up and flow out to the Pacific Ocean. On March 23, the Japanese Meteorological Agency predicted that ice would flow out of the Goyoumai Pass and the Kunashiri Pass near Hokkaido, Japan in the upcoming week, and warned ships to be cautious about the movement of sea ice.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced that the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the winter of 2011-2012 on March 18. The total extent was 15.24 million square kilometers (5.88 million square miles), which was below the 1979-2000 average, but still slightly above the record low, which was recorded during the winter of 2010-2011.

The Sea of Okhotsk lies at a similar latitude as Portland, Oregon and Venice, Italy, and the Sea is the southernmost extent of Artic sea ice. It is generally icebound from November to June, and is frequently covered in heavy fog, making clear images, such as this one, difficult to acquire. (MODIS)

If you value what we do here, open your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.

Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.

All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.

You can choose the level of your support.

Stay kind, vigilant and ready!

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.