The Western Scheldt, Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium – June 27th, 2009
Golden yellow sediments pour into the North Sea off the coasts of the Netherlands (above) and Belgium (below). The greatest concentration of these is coming from the Western Scheldt.
The Western Scheldt (or Westerschelde in Dutch) is the estuary of the Scheldt River, located in the province of Zeeland in the southwestern Netherlands.
This river once had several estuaries, but the others are disconnected from the Scheldt, leaving the Westerschelde as its only direct way to the North Sea.
The estuary is used as an important shipping route to the port city of Antwerp, Belgium, identifiable as a tan area on the river to the right of the image center. The city’s metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,449 km².