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East Anglian Plume Stretching Out from Mouth of River Thames, UK

51.6N 1.6E

February 9th, 2013 Category: Sediments

UK – January 27th, 2013

The trail of sediments spilling out of the mouth of the River Thames, east of London (below the center of this image), and northeast across the North Sea is a phenomenon known as the East Anglian Plume. The plume is strongest during the winter months.

London and Sediments from the River Thames, United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

May 9th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 2nd, 2011

The River Thames meanders its way through London, visible as a large grey area in the lower left quadrant, flows through the Thames Estuary, and into the North Sea.

Dense sediments carried by the river line the shores of the estuary and flow out into the sea, gradually appearing greener in color as they disperse.


Sediments from River Thames, UK, Extending into North Sea – April 19th, 2011

52.8N 0.2E

April 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - April 8th, 2011

Sediments from the River Thames line the Thames Estuary, on the southeastern coast of England, and are carried northeastward into the North Sea by currents.

Sediments can also be seen along the coast further north, in the Wash, the square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. It is fed by the Rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse.


Condensation Trails Over London and River Thames, United Kingdom

51.5N 0.7E

October 26th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments

UK - October 21st, 2010

Linear white condensation trails (or contrails) are visible in the air above London (left edge), the River Thames and the Thames Estuary, in England. Sediments from the river fill the estuary and pour out into the North Sea.

The condensation trails are white lines of clouds that form when water molecules cluster around airplane exhaust. The ones visible here are mostly likely from planes flying to or from one of London’s airports.

London Astride the River Thames, United Kingdom – May 21st, 2010

51.5N 0.1W

May 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 19th, 2010

United Kingdom - May 19th, 2010

The River Thames rises in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire and winds 205 mi (330 km) eastward across south-central England into a great estuary, through which it empties into the North Sea. It is tidal for about 65 mi (104 km). Here, tan sediments spill out of the estuary and line the western coast of the United Kingdom.

One of the world’s most important commercial waterways, it is navigable by large vessels to London, which is visible as a greyish tan area along the river banks in the lower left quadrant. London is situated in southeastern England, some 50 miles (80 km) upstream from Thames Estuary.