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

Frozen Great Lakes Photos Prove How Cold Winter Has Been

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.

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

Great Lakes, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

Lake Superior, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

Great Lakes, Feb. 16. (NOAA)

Lake Erie, Jan. 21. (NOAA)

Lake Erie, Jan. 14. (NOAA)

Great Lakes, Jan. 9. (NOAA)

Lake Erie, Jan. 9. (NOAA)

Lake Erie, Jan. 4. (NOAA)

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

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)

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

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