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The Port of Antwerp and the Scheldt River, Belgium and the Netherlands

51.2N 4.3E

October 8th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Netherlands - August 31st, 2009

Netherlands - August 31st, 2009

This image focuses on the Dutch province of Zeeland, with the terrain of southwestern Netherlands and northwestern Belgium visible inland. Zeeland consists of a number of islands and a strip bordering Belgium.

The entire province of Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Here, large quantities of sediments are being spilled into the North Sea from the Scheldt, a 350 km long river that runs from northern France, through western Belgium and across southwestern part of the Netherlands.

Following the Scheldt inland just beyond the beginning of the estuary, the city of Antwerp, Belgium, can be seen. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,449 km2 (559 sq mi) with a total of 1,190,769 inhabitants as of 2008. The port area of the city appears as a series of dark blue lines surrounded by the tan and grey of urban constructions.

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