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Sediments of East Anglian Plume, United Kingdom

71.5N 23.4E

May 28th, 2013 Category: Sediments

United Kingdom – May 27th, 2013

There is seasonal variation in the suspended sediment distribution in the Southern North Sea. The East Anglian plume, a region of relatively high concentrations, develops eastward from eastern England across the Southern Bight during the winter. During the summer the plume concentrations are lower.

Scientists studying the fluxes within the plume suggest that 6.6×106 t of suspended matter was transported eastward in one year, with possible errors of ±50%. Comparison with published sediment budgets for the coastal area of eastern England shows that the plume constitutes a major feature transporting sediment across the North Sea (click here for more information).

East Anglian Plume in Early Spring, United Kingdom – April 3rd, 2013

51.5N 1.0E

April 3rd, 2013 Category: Sediments

United Kingdom – April 2nd, 2013

The East Anglian plume is a stream of relatively high concentrations of suspended sediment that develops eastward from eastern England across the Southern Bight. The plume is a major source for sediment transport across the North Sea, but it is strongest during the winter and has lower concentrations during the summer. Here, in early spring, the plume is quite visible, although the exact concentrations can be discerned only through testing the water.

Heavy Snow Across the United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

January 28th, 2013 Category: Rivers

UK – January 26th, 2013

Much of the United Kingdom was affected by heavy snowfall last week. Here, snow can be seen blanketing southeast England, down to the sediment-laden Thames Estuary (bottom), east of London. Over seven centimeters of white powder were reported after the first night of snowfall. The snow caused hundreds of school closings, particularly in the Midlands, as well as road closures, and delays and cancellations for both trains and flights.

East Anglian Plume by United Kingdom and Small Phytoplankton Bloom by Netherlands – August 25th, 2012

51.8N 2.3E

August 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

United Kingdom – August 18th, 2012

The trail of sediments spilling out of the Thames Estuary and eastward across the Southern Bight is a phenomenon known as the East Anglian Plume. Although the plume tends to be weakest in the summer and strongest in the winter, it is still visible here. Also of note to the south of the plume, just off the coast of the Netherlands, is a small, bright blue phytoplankton bloom.

Coastal Features and Sediments, United Kingdom, Ireland and France

51.5N 0.1W

August 13th, 2012 Category: Sediments

United Kingdom, Ireland and France – August 10th, 2012

While parts of England, Wales and Ireland are dotted by cloud cover, much of Scotland’s rocky coastline and mountainous terrain can be observed in the upper part of the image, as can northern France in the lower right quadrant. Visible near the right edge are sediments from the River Thames giving a green tinge to the waters along the coast of England. While the city of London is covered by clouds, Paris can be observed in the full image as a large grey area.