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Sediments Brightly Color Thames Estuary, United Kingdom – June 8th, 2009

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June 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

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The Thames Estuary is the estuary in which the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea. Here, its waters show an intense mix of colors – brown, golden yellow and bright green – due to sediments flowing forth from the River Thames.

The estuary has the world’s second largest tidal movement, where the water can rise by 4 metres moving at a speed of 8 miles per hour. It is one of the largest of 170 such inlets on the coast of Great Britain.

The estuary constitutes a major shipping route, with thousands of movements each year including large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and ferries entering the estuary for ports such as the Port of London.

The city of London itself can be seen as a greyish brown area in the lower left corner.

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