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Cloudless View of the United Kingdom and Ireland – December 4th, 2008

December 4th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

Close-up of Northern England and the Isle of Man

Close-up of England-Scotland border and the Isle of Man

Most of the United Kingdom and Ireland can be seen clearly in this virtually cloud-free image, in which only the area around London and the River Thames is covered.

The terrain changes from plains and slight hills in the South to the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands in the North.

The first close-up highlights the mountainous region around the England-Scotland border. Sediments flow from the River Waver and the River Wampool into Moricambe Bay, an inlet of the Solway Firth in Cumbria, created by the confluence of the two rivers. Offshore, the Isle of Man can be seen in the Irish Sea.

The snow-capped Cumbrian Mountains (England) are visible south of the bay, as are the Southern Uplands (Scotland), north of the bay. There are many lakes near the base of the mountains.

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

The second close-up focuses on Western England and Wales. The River Severn is spilling dark brown sediments towards the Celtic Sea, and the cities of Cardiff (Wales) and Bristol (England) can be seen on its northern and southern shores, respectively. Snow covers the peaks of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog).

Please click here for full resolution image (5MB).

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