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Rhine River in Germany

51.2N 6.7E

June 15th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Germany - June 2nd, 2010

Germany - June 2nd, 2010

This APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image shows the Rhine River in Germany.

Germany has an area of 137,882 sq mi (357,114 sq km) and a population of (2009 est.) 82,000,000. The capital is Berlin. The land is generally flat in the north and hilly in the northeast and central region, rising to the Bavarian Alps in the south. The Rhine River basin dominates the central and western part of the country.

APM is an ASAR (radar) mode that acquires two signals simultaneously, generating two grayscale images. The result is a combination of those two images, which highlights the similarities and differences between them.

Meeting of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers at Koblenz, Germany

50.3N 7.5E

January 22nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Germany - December 31st, 2009

Germany - December 31st, 2009

The Moselle is a river flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany. It is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining it at Koblenz. In the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image, the two rivers can be seen at their convergence by Koblenz, with the Moselle to the left and the Rhine to the right. A small part of Belgium is also drained by the Mosel through the Our.

In Germany, downstream of its source in the Vosges Mountains of France, the Moselle Valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions. Its total length from source to mouth is approximately 545 km.

Düsseldorf on the Banks of the Rhine, Germany

51.2N 6.7E

January 12th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Germany - December 31st, 2009

Germany - December 31st, 2009

The city of Düsseldorf, the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is visible along the banks of the River Rhine at the center left of this orthorectified image. It is located in the center of the Rhein-Ruhr area, one of Europe’s most populated metropolitan areas.

Dusseldorf lies in the middle of the lower Rhine basin on the delta of the Düssel River where it flows into the Rhine. The city is on the east side of the Rhine, except for District 4 (Oberkassel, Niederkassel, Heerdt and Lörick).

The highest point in Düsseldorf is the top of Sandberg in the far eastern part of the city (Hubbelrath borough) at 165 metres (541 ft). The lowest point is at the far northern end in Wittlaer borough where the Schwarzbach (Black Creek) enters the Rhine, with an average elevation of 28 metres (92 ft).

Sediments in North Sea by United Kingdom and Netherlands

51.8N 2.5E

August 25th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - August 15th, 2011

Sediments and some phytoplankton can be seen in the North Sea near the English Channel in this image of the United Kingdom (left), the Netherlands (upper right), Belgium (center right) and France (below).

The majority of the sediments, gold and green in color, are spilling forth from the Thames Estuary, in the United Kingdom. On the opposite shores, sediments are also present in and near the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta, a river delta in the Netherlands and Belgium formed by the confluence of the Rhine, the Meuse and the Scheldt rivers.

The greenish streak in the North Sea in the upper part of the image is a trail of sediments known as the East Anglian Plume. The bright blue patch in the sea halfway between the UK and the Netherlands is most likely caused by phytoplankton.

North Sea Canal Reaching Amsterdam, the Netherlands

52.3N 4.8E

June 20th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Netherlands - June 20th, 2011

The dark line stretching from the body of the water to the west to the one to the east in this APM image is the North Sea Canal (Dutch: Noordzeekanaal), a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden.

It was constructed to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam, which is visible just below the center of the image as a bright green area. This man-made channel terminates at Amsterdam in the closed-off IJ Bay, which in turn connects to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.