On Friday and Saturday (April 20-21, 2001) protestors in Quebec City smashed down barricades and threw stones at police in protest of the Summit of the Americas. Leaders from 34 nations of both South and North America gathered in Quebec to discuss a potential free trade agreement that would span all the Americas. U.S. President George Bush is one of the leaders who attended the conference. The protestors believe that such an agreement would further impoverish smaller, less economically developed countries in the Western Hemisphere.
This true-color image of Quebec was acquired on April 19, 2001, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. Quebec City is located on the St. Lawrence River, which bisects this image from lower left to upper right. Montreal is at the lower left, also along the St. Lawrence.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA GSFC, based on data from the MODIS land team.
Seven Island Bay (left side of the image) is one of the largest and best-protected harbors on Quebec’s north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Because this is both a deep-water port and ice-free year round, Sept-Îles is one of Quebec’s busiest ports. Locally produced materials (iron ore, alumina) comprise the bulk of port traffic, but Sept-Îles also acts as a trans-shipment point for goods moving to Europe, the Far East, and South America.