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Frozen Great Lakes Photos Prove How Cold Winter Has Been

02/26/2014 12:17 EST | Updated 02/26/2014 12:59 EST

It's been a wicked winter in central Canada, with temperatures dipping as low as -50 C in parts of Ontario.

Nowhere is the cold more apparent than the Great Lakes, which have essentially been turned into a vast frozen wasteland, if photos from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraiton are anything to go by.

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NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio took this photo of the Great Lakes from the International Space Station on Feb. 19.

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Great Lakes, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

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Lake Superior, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

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Great Lakes, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

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Lake Erie, Jan. 21. (NOAA)

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Lake Erie, Jan. 14. (NOAA)

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Great Lakes, Jan. 9. (NOAA)

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Lake Erie, Jan. 9. (NOAA)

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Lake Erie, Jan. 4. (NOAA)

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Boat docks are encased in ice along the shore of Lake Michigan on Feb. 18, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. (Getty Images)

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A convoy of Great Lakes cargo ships line up to follow an icebreaker on the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Superior and Huron on Jan. 9. (AP)

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Ice covers Lake Michigan on Feb. 18 near Chicago, Ill. (Getty Images)

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