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Shanghai and Sediments from the Huangpu River, China

31.2N 121.4E

May 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Shanghai, China - April 23rd, 2009

Shanghai, China - April 23rd, 2009

The city of Shanghai, here visible as a large grey area, sits on the Yangtze River Delta on China’s eastern coast, and is roughly equidistant from Beijing and Hong Kong.

The municipality as a whole consists of a peninsula between the Yangtze and Hangzhou Bay, China’s third largest island Chongming, and a number of smaller islands.

The city proper is bisected by the Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze. Huangpu means “Yellow Bank River”, and true to its name, here it can be seen spilling golden brown sediments into the East China Sea.

The historic center of Shanghai, the Puxi area, is located on the western side of the Huangpu, while a new financial district, Pudong, has developed on the eastern bank.

The city has many rivers, canals, streams and lakes and is known for its rich water resources as part of the Taihu drainage area.

In the full image, the Korean Peninsula is also visible to the north. Sediments can be seen flowing from its rivers as well, particularly near the southern tip.

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