Sediments from the Yangtze River, China – January 27th, 2009
A brown ribbon of sediments frames the central-eastern coast of China, indicating recent rains. Many of these spill forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River, near the center of the image.
The city of Shanghai can be seen at the rivermouth, on the flat alluvial plain, a relatively flat landform created by the deposition of sediment over a long period of time by one or more rivers coming from highland regions.
This flood-prone location has meant that new skyscrapers must be built with deep concrete piles to stop them sinking into the soft ground.