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Sediments in Irish Sea and English Channel – April 3rd, 2011

52.7N 5.6W

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom, Ireland, France - March 23rd, 2011

Sediments color the waters of the Irish Sea (left, between Ireland and Great Britain), the English Channel (center right, between England and France) and the North Sea (upper right, beyond the Channel).

The sediments trailing out into the North Sea come from the River Thames, and are quite concentrated in the river’s estuary. On the opposite coast, to the west, darker tan sediments from the River Severn flow into the Bristol Channel.

Sediments near the coast of France come from rivers such as the Couesnon (left of the large peninsula) and the Seine (right of the peninsula).

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.