Sediments from the Sebou River, Morocco – January 16th, 2009
Sediments stirred up by rainfall spill out from the mouth of the Sebou River near the city of Kenitra, in northern Morocco. An algal bloom also surrounds the sediments and trails outward from the coast.
The river, whose source is in the Middle Atlas Mountains, is 458 km long and has an average water flow of 137 m3/s. The Sebou is the largest by volume and the second longest river in the country.
The Sebou supports irrigation in Morocco’s most fertile region: the Gharb.
On the bottom left, the city of Casablanca is visible. Morocco’s capital, Rabat, as well as the nearby city of Salé, can be seen between Casablanca and Kenitra.
East of Rabat, the Bou Regreg River and the Grou River appear bright green from sediments and algae.
The Bou Regreg river is 240 kilometres long, with a tidal estuary of approximately 24 kilometres extending upriver. Its average discharge is 23 m3/s and can reach 1500 m3/s during periods of flooding.
Like the Sebou River, its source originates in the Middle Atlas Mountains. By its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean it separates the cities of Rabat to the south and Salé to the north.