MODIS image of the Ice flow from the Bering Strait southward to the Bering Sea

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The Bering Sea (Russian, Beringovo More) is an enclosed sea adjacent to northernmost part of the Pacific Ocean at the surface. Therefore it called marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean. It connects with the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait which separates two continents by 85 kilometers. It is located to the south of the Arctic Circle. The Bering Sea is covering around 775,000 square miles (two million square kilometers) and it is bordered in the east by Alaska; in the west by Russia and the Kamchatka Peninsula, and in the south by the Aleutian Islands.

The Bering Sea is one of the most productive fishing grounds and the interaction between currents, sea ice, and weather makes a productive ecosystem to varieties fishes such as salmon and king crab. In addition, it’s home to vast quantities of wildlife, including many species of whales, walrus, and millions of seabirds. The resources of the Bering Sea are within the jurisdiction of the United States and Russia.


The above image is generated from MODIS band 2 (0.85 µm) at 250 m spatial resolution from the Bering Sea, Bering Strait and southern Arctic Ocean on May 7th, 2000. This image shows ice flow from the Bering Strait southward to the Bering Sea. Image created by George Riggs, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC; Caption by Masih Rajaei.

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