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Saint Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, Canada – December 7th, 2011

48.1N 69.7W

December 7th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

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Two rivers can be seen flowing into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, one of the largest estuaries in the world, in this image of Canada: the Saint Lawrence River, entering the gulf from the left edge, and the Saguenay River, also entering the gulf from the west in the upper left quadrant.

The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. Here, it can be seen releasing tan sediments into the gulf.

The Saguenay River is a major river of Quebec, Canada. It drains Lac Saint-Jean in the Laurentian Highlands, leaving at Alma and running east, and passes the city of Saguenay. It drains into the Saint Lawrence River at Tadoussac. Although the river has a very high flow-rate, no sediments can be seen flowing from it into the gulf. This may be due to the fact that tide waters flow in its fjord upriver as far as Chicoutimi (about 100 kilometres).

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