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Houston and Galveston Bay in Texas, USA – January 15th, 2012

29.3N 94.6W

January 15th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

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This orthorectified image shows the city of Houston, Texas, by Galveston Bay. The bay is a large estuary located along the upper coast of Texas in the United States. It is connected to the Gulf of Mexico and is surrounded by sub-tropic marshes and prairies on the mainland. The water in the Bay is a complex mixture of sea water and fresh water which supports a wide variety of marine life.

The Galveston Bay system actually consists of four main subbays: Galveston Bay proper (upper and lower), Trinity Bay, East Bay, and West Bay. The Bay is fed by the Trinity River and the San Jacinto River, numerous local bayous and incoming tides from the Gulf of Mexico. Many smaller bays and lakes are connected to the main system such as Christmas Bay, Moses Lake, Dickinson Bay, Clear Lake, Ash Lake, Black Duck Bay, and San Jacinto Bay. The Bay covers approximately 600 square miles (1,500 km²), and is 30 miles (50 km) long and 17 miles (27 km) wide. Galveston Bay is on average 7–9 feet (3 m) deep.

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