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Edinburgh by Firth of Forth, Scotland – November 21st, 2011

55.9N 3.1W

November 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Firth of Forth (lower half of image), the estuary or firth of Scotland’s River Forth, where it flows into the North Sea. It is located between Fife to the north, and West Lothian, the City of Edinburgh and East Lothian to the south. Populated areas appear white in this image.

Geologically, the Firth of Forth is a fjord, formed by the Forth Glacier in the last glacial period. The river is tidal as far inland as Stirling, but generally it is considered that the inland extent of the firth ends at the Kincardine Bridge. The inner Firth, i.e. between the Kincardine and Forth bridges, has lost about half of its former intertidal area as a result of land being reclaimed, partly for agriculture, but mainly for industry and the large ash lagoons built to deposit the spoil from the coal fired Longannet Power Station near Kincardine.

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