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Sediments from Yangtze and Qiantang Rivers in China – April 5th, 2011

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April 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

China - March 30th, 2011

Sediments from the Yangtze (above) and Qiantang (below) Rivers flow into the East China Sea near Shanghai. The large bay at the mouth of the latter is Hangzhou Bay.

The rivers release a dense load of sediments that color the sea waters opaque tan. Further east, the sediments take on a greenish paisley pattern as they follow the currents and mix with the ocean water.

To the west, near the left edge of the image, is Taihu Lake (literally “Grand Lake”), is a large lake in the Yangtze Delta plain. With an area of 2,250 kmĀ² and an average depth of 2 metres, it is the third largest freshwater lake in China.


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