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Sediments Pour from Mackenzie River into Beaufort Sea, Canada – November 11th, 2010

69.5N 133.3W

November 11th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Canada - September 7th, 2010

Brown sediments pour from the mouth of the Mackenzie River into the Beaufort Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean. Multiple braided channels can be seen in the delta area by the mouth. The sediments are darkest brown near the shore, where they are densest, and become lighter tan and then green as they disperse into the sea.

The river, whose mean discharge at the mouth is 10,700 cubic metres per second (380,000 cu ft/s), originates in the Great Slave Lake, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and flows north. It is the longest river in Canada at 1,738 kilometres (1,080 mi).

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