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Sediments in the Gironde Estuary, France

44.8N 0.5W

July 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

France - June 26th, 2010

France - June 26th, 2010

The Gironde Estuary appears as a bright tan, deep indentation into the west coast of France, in the lower half of this image. The sediments in the estuary, which give it its color, come from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers.

The estuary is near the city of Bordeaux, which appears as a greyish area in the middle of the surrounding green landscape at the foot of the Gironde.

Moving up the coast, more sediments are being released by the Loire River, by St Nazaire, near Nantes. Finally, heading up to the north coast, the Couesnon River can also be seen releasing greyish sediments into at estuary by Mont Saint-Michel.

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