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Sediments and Phytoplankton Bloom by United Kingdom Coast – May 23rd, 2012

52.6N 0.8E

May 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 22nd, 2012

A bright blue phytoplankton bloom, separated into two close yet separate areas, can be observed in the North Sea off the coast of the United Kingdom. Also visible by the coast are sediments from several rivers. Southwest of the phytoplankton bloom are sediments from the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse, in the Wash, the square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. Further down the coast are sediments from the River Thames, east of London. On the opposite side of the island are sediments from the River Severn in the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel.

Copper-Colored Sediments in Bay of Fundy, Canada

44.5N 67W

December 8th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Canada - November 22nd, 2011

Visible in the center of this image is the Bay of Fundy, a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine.

The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, King Sound in Western Australia, Gulf of Khambhat in India, and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world.

On the right side of the image, copper-colored sediments can be seen pouring into two inlets of the Bay of Fundy: Cobequid Bay (right) and Cognecto Bay (left).

Sediments in the Bristol Channel, United Kingdom

51.4N 2.5W

October 31st, 2011 Category: Rivers

United Kingdom - October 28th, 2011

The Bristol Channel is a major inlet in the island of Great Britain, separating South Wales from Devon and Somerset in South West England. Here, it appears brown in color due to sediments. It extends from the lower estuary of the River Severn to the North Atlantic Ocean. It takes its name from the English city of Bristol, and is over 30 miles (50 km) across at its widest point.

The upper limit of the Channel is between Sand Point, Somerset and Lavernock Point in South Wales. East of this line is the Severn Estuary. Western and northern Pembrokeshire, and north Cornwall are outside the defined limits of the Bristol Channel, and are considered part of the seaboard of the Atlantic Ocean, more specifically the Celtic Sea.

Sediments from Rivers Thames and Severn, United Kingdom – September 29th, 2011

51.3N 1.4W

September 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

UK and France - September 28th, 2011

Greenish gold sediments pour from the River Thames, in England, through its estuary, and into the North Sea. From there, currents carry them northeastward, parallel to the coasts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

On the opposite side of the United Kingdom, reddish brown sediments from the River Severn flow into the Bristol Channel. The channel separates southern Wales from southwestern England.

 

Sediments in Irish Sea and English Channel – April 3rd, 2011

52.7N 5.6W

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom, Ireland, France - March 23rd, 2011

Sediments color the waters of the Irish Sea (left, between Ireland and Great Britain), the English Channel (center right, between England and France) and the North Sea (upper right, beyond the Channel).

The sediments trailing out into the North Sea come from the River Thames, and are quite concentrated in the river’s estuary. On the opposite coast, to the west, darker tan sediments from the River Severn flow into the Bristol Channel.

Sediments near the coast of France come from rivers such as the Couesnon (left of the large peninsula) and the Seine (right of the peninsula).

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