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Sediments from Thames, Scheldt and Elbe Rivers in North Sea – March 23rd, 2011

54.0N 4.4E

March 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

UK, Netherlands, Germany - March 19th, 2011

Sediments spill forth through the Thames Mouth, the estuary in which the River Thames, in the United Kingdom, meets the waters of the North Sea. The river drains a catchment area of 4,995 sq mi (12935.77 km2) or 5,924 sq mi (15,343 km2) if the River Medway is included as a tributary.

Here, the sediments change from tan to green in color as they diffuse into the North Sea, also creating interesting linear and paisley patterns in the waters. Golden sediments from the Scheldt River (in the Netherlands, below) and brown sediments from the River Elbe (in Germany, upper right) can also be seen adding to the mix.

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