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Bordeaux, Nantes and Sediments in Gironde Estuary, France

47.2N 1.5W

January 9th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

France - December 25th, 2010

Greyish tan sediments fill the Gironde Estuary and line part of the west coast of France. The sediments in the estuary come from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers.

Visible at the base of the estuary is the city of Bordeaux (bottom center). Another city, Nantes, can also be observed as a grey area in the upper left quadrant. Other cities and towns appear as grey dots across the otherwise green landscape.

Sediments Carried Northwest from Gironde Estuary, France – December 13th, 2010

45.3N 0.7W

December 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France - December 10th, 2010

The deep, sediment-filled indentation on the west coast of France is the Gironde Estuary.Visible at the base of the estuary in the full image is the city of Bordeaux.

Sediments from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers pour into the Gironde Estuary and then out into the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the current appears to carry the sediments towards the northwest.

France, from Paris to Bordeaux and the Gironde Estuary

October 18th, 2010 Category: Rivers

France - October 13th, 2010

Although the northern coast of France is mostly lined by clouds, the western coast can be observed clearly. Sediments are visible along much of the shoreline, the majority of which are being released by the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, pouring first into the Gironde Estuary and then into the Atlantic Ocean.

The city of Bordeaux can be seen at the base of the estuary. Further up the coast, the city of Nantes can be seen on the Loire River. Finally, moving inland to the northeast, the city of Paris is visible on the River Seine. These cities all appear as grey areas on the otherwise green and tan terrain.

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.

French Rivers Spilling Sediments into the Bay of Biscay and English Channel – April 14th, 2010

47.2N 2.2W

April 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France - March 5th, 2010

France - March 5th, 2010

Sediments from various rivers release thick tan sediments off the coast of France into the Bay of Biscay (left) and the English Channel (above).

Along the west coast, these sediments come from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, released through the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux (lower right quadrant), and from the Loire River, whose mouth is located at St Nazaire, near Nantes. With a length of 1,013 kilometres (629 mi), the Loire is the longest river in France.

Moving northward from the mouth of the Loire, the Couesnon River is visible releasing sediments on France’s north coast in an estuary at Mont Saint-Michel. Finally, the mouth of the River Seine can be seen by Le Havre, near the upper right corner, spilling sediments into the Bay of the Seine in the English Channel.

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