Sediments in the Gulf of Mexico Near Houston, Texas – November 17th, 200929.7N 95.3W
The waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas (to the west) and Louisiana (to the east), USA, are laden with sediments. Those in bays and released from rivers by the Louisiana shores are a thick, muddy brown, while those flanking the Texas shoreline are diluted to a greener hue.
The first close-up focuses on the city of Houston, the largest city within the state of Texas. The city, most of which is situated on the gulf coastal plain, is connected to a large bay to the southeast. This bay is divided into three sections: Trinity Bay (north), East Bay (east) and Galveston Bay (south). Here, the bay is mostly colored light brown from sediments, which can then be sen spilling out into the Gulf.
The second close-up depicts a series of lakes and bays filled with dark brown sediments along the Louisiana coastline. These are, from left to right, Sabine Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Grand Lake, White Lake, Vermilion Bay and West Cote Blanche Bay.