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Snow Highlighting Chain of Frisian Islands, Netherlands and Germany – February 12th, 2013

53.3N 5.3E

February 12th, 2013 Category: Image of the day

Holland- January 25th, 2013

Snow covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in this winter image of Europe. It also highlights part of the chain of Frisian Islands, also known as the Wadden Islands or Wadden Sea Islands. The islands form an archipelago at the eastern edge of the North Sea in northwestern Europe, stretching from the north-west of the Netherlands through Germany to the west of Denmark. The islands shield the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (large parts of which fall dry during low tide) from the North Sea.

Sediments by River Delta of Zeeland, Netherlands

52.0N 4.4E

November 25th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Holland – November 22nd, 2012

Sediments can be seen by the coast of the Netherlands, by Zeeland the country’s westernmost province. It consists of a number of islands and a strip bordering Belgium. Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time. What used to be a muddy landscape, flooding at high tide and reappearing at low tide, became a series of small man-made hills that stayed dry at all times. The people of the province would later connect the hills by creating dikes, which led to a chain of dry land that later grew into bigger islands and gave the province its current shape. The shape of the islands has changed over time at the hands of both man and nature.

Sediments in East Anglian Plume, UK, and Along Coasts of Belgium and Holland

51.8N 2.2E

April 2nd, 2012 Category: Sediments

UK - March 23rd, 2012

The green trail stretching eastward off the coast of England is the East Anglian plume, a region of relatively high concentrations of sediments that develops eastward from eastern England across the Southern Bight. The plume is strongest during the winter months. Also visible across the water are sediments along the shoreline near the border of Belgium and Holland.

High Vegetation Index in Western England and Wales – October 29th, 2011

51.7N 0.9W

October 29th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

United Kingdom - October 28th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the United Kingdom (upper left) and stretches over France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Photosynthetic activity is highest (rusty red) in western England and Wales, particularly near the Bristol Channel. The rest of the image shows a generally good (green) vegetation index.

English Channel and Sediments from Thames Estuary and Rhine-Meuse-Schelt Delta, Northern Europe

51.0N 1.4E

October 23rd, 2011 Category: Sediments

France - October 23rd, 2011

The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England (above, left) from northern France (center, below), and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest, to only 34 km (21 mi) in the Strait of Dover.

The Channel itself doesn’t show many sediments, but a greater quantity can be observed spilling from the Thames Estuary, England, and the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, in the Netherlands and Belgium, into the North Sea. Also of note near the bottom center is the city of Paris, France, appearing as a large grey area.

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