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Newfoundland Spring: Earth Image of the Week May 6, 2011
Satellite Image of Newfoundland.
Hints of green were beginning to emerge through the snowpack of Atlantic Canada during early April.
While April showers were bringing early flowers to the southern and Midwestern United States early in the month, much of northern and northeastern Canada remained chilled by a lingering wintertime snow cover.

The image to the right of Newfoundland and adjacent land areas of Atlantic Canada show up in contrast to the relatively ice-free waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The image was captured on April 9, 2011, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, orbiting aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.

Large chunks of sea ice can be seen along and just off the far northeastern coast of Newfoundland, in the Strait of Belle Isle, which separates the island province from Quebec and far southern Labrador.

The land of the southeastern coast of Newfoundland was beginning to show some green, as the winter snows began to thaw and spring vegetation started to emerge.

In the lower left of the image, Cape Breton Island, which makes up the northern tip of Nova Scotia, was also beginning to show green.

In the 11th century, Newfoundland was called “Vinland” by Leif Eriksson, the Norse explorer who is regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland).

An important Norse settlement, possibly the first site established by Eriksson, has been identified on the very northernmost tip of the island.

Full story and image: NASA GSFC