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Galveston Bay and Sediments Along the Gulf of Mexico Coast, USA

29.3N 94.8W

September 21st, 2011 Category: Sediments

USA - September 7th, 2011

Greenish sediments can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico along the coasts of Texas (left) and Louisiana (right), USA. Several bays can be observed along the coastline, most of which are bright yellow-green in color.

The most evident of these is Galveston Bay, a large estuary located along the upper coast of Texas. It is connected to the Gulf of Mexico and is surrounded by sub-tropic marshes and prairies on the mainland.The water in the Bay is a complex mixture of sea water and fresh water which supports a wide variety of marine life.

The Galveston Bay system consists of four main subbays: Galveston Bay proper (upper and lower), Trinity Bay, East Bay, and West Bay. The Bay is fed by the Trinity River and the San Jacinto River, numerous local bayous and incoming tides from the Gulf of Mexico.

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