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Strong Currents from Irrawaddy River

January 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Currents by mouth of Irrawaddy River - January 20th, 2009

Currents by mouth of Irrawaddy River - January 20th, 2009

A fast outflow from the Irrawaddy River (Ayeyarwady River) in Myanmar (Burma) creates strong currents in the Indian Ocean, visible as diagonal lines in the lower half of the image.

If this image had been taken in color, as opposed to radar (ASAR), it would not be possible to observe the movement of the water.

One Response to “Strong Currents from Irrawaddy River”

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    Radim A. Kolarsky:

    These sub-aqueous channels are not all caused by the outflow from the Irrawady River. Granted that the Irrawady is a major river, but this delta is a tide-dominated system, with tidal influence extending some 100 km inland. Strong tidal currents push water in and out of these tidal creeks twice every day. These are not fluvial channels but tidal channels. Important difference in terms of sedimentology.

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