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Coastline of United Kingdom and Ireland – May 29th, 2009

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May 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 11th, 2009

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 11th, 2009

This virtually cloudless view of the United Kingdom and Ireland gives a clear of the countries’ coastlines, particularly in Scotland (upper left). While the northern coastlines are mostly clear, those to the south are flanked by sediments.

The River Severn, on the border of Wales and England, is spilling dark brown sediments into the Bristol Channel. At the same time, on the other side of the island nation, the River Thames is discharging tan sediments into the North Sea.

Inland, most of the terrain appears dark green or brown, though several areas stand out, including the tan colored Dartmoor (below the River Severn).

This is an area of moorland in the centre of Devon, England, covering 954 square kilometres (368 sq mi). The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops (known as tors), providing habitats for wildlife.

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