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Fires Near Bays Along Texas Coast, USA – November 8th, 2012

29.2N 94.7W

November 8th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – November 7th, 2012

Fires near Houston, Texas, USA, release bright white plumes of smoke that blow southward off the coast and over the Gulf of Mexico. The fire releasing the thickest smoke plume is located southeast of Houston, near the shores of East Bay, a section of the larger Galveston Bay. Moving westward down the coast, a small plume of smoke can be seen near the shores of West Bay, also part of Galveston Bay. The last smoke plume is visible even further west, near East Matagorda Bay.

Sediments in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, USA

29.6N 85W

October 31st, 2012 Category: Sediments

USA – October 26th, 2012

Sediments can be seen in Apalachicola Bay, an estuary and lagoon located on Florida’s northwest coast. The Apalachicola Bay system also includes St. Georges Sound (to the east), St. Vincent Sound and East Bay, covering an area of about 208 square miles (540 km2). Four islands St. Vincent Island to the west, Cape St. George Island and St. George Island to the south, and Dog Island to the east separate the system from the Gulf of Mexico. Water exchange occurs through Indian Pass, West Pass, East Pass and the Duer Channel.

The lagoon has been designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Apalachicola River is the largest source of freshwater to the estuary. Combined with the Chattahoochee River, Flint River, and Ochlockonee River they drain a watershed of over 20,000 square miles (50,000 km2) at a rate of 19,599 cubic feet (550 m3) per second according to the United States Geological Survey in 2002.

Sediments in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, USA

29.6N 85W

December 1st, 2011 Category: Sediments

USA - November 21st, 2011

Sediments flow out of Apalachicola Bay, an estuary and lagoon located on Florida’s northwest coast. The lagoon has been designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Apalachicola River is the largest source of freshwater to the estuary. Combined with the Chattahoochee River, Flint River, and Ochlockonee River they drain a watershed of over 20000 sqmi at a rate of 19599 cubic feet per second.

The Apalachicola Bay system also includes St. Georges Sound, St. Vincent Sound and East Bay, covering an area of about 208 sqmi. Four islands: St. Vincent Island to the west, Cape St. George Island and St. George Island to the south, and Dog Island to the east, separate the system from the Gulf of Mexico. Water exchange occurs through Indian Pass, West Pass, East Pass and the Duer Channel.

Sediments in the Gulf of Mexico Near Houston, Texas – November 17th, 2009

29.7N 95.3W

November 17th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 10th, 2009

USA - November 10th, 2009

Louisiana Lakes and Bays

Louisiana Lakes and Bays

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

The waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas (to the west) and Louisiana (to the east), USA, are laden with sediments. Those in bays and released from rivers by the Louisiana shores are a thick, muddy brown, while those flanking the Texas shoreline are diluted to a greener hue.

The first close-up focuses on the city of Houston, the largest city within the state of Texas. The city, most of which is situated on the gulf coastal plain, is connected to a large bay to the southeast. This bay is divided into three sections: Trinity Bay (north), East Bay (east) and Galveston Bay (south). Here, the bay is mostly colored light brown from sediments, which can then be sen spilling out into the Gulf.

The second close-up depicts a series of lakes and bays  filled with dark brown sediments along the Louisiana coastline. These are, from left to right, Sabine Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Grand Lake, White Lake, Vermilion  Bay and West Cote Blanche Bay.

Algae in the Gulf of Mexico by Houston, Texas, USA

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Houston, Texas, USA - March 1st, 2009

Houston, Texas, USA - March 1st, 2009

Houston (center left) is the fourth-largest city in the USA and the largest city within the state of Texas. As of the 2007 U.S. Census estimate, the city has a population of 2.2 million within an area of 600 square miles (1,600 km²).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 601.7 square miles (1,558.4 km²); this comprises 579.4 square miles (1,500.7 km²) of land and 22.3 square miles (57.7 km²) of water.

Most of Houston is located on the gulf coastal plain, and its vegetation is classified as temperate grassland and forest.

Much of the city was built on forested land, marshes, swamp, or prairie, which are all still visible in surrounding areas.

Houston has four major bayous passing through the city. Buffalo Bayou runs through downtown and the Houston Ship Channel, and has three tributaries: White Oak Bayou, Braes Bayou and Sims Bayou.

Houston is connected to the large bay to the southeast by a shipping channel. The bay, which is actually divided into three sections: Trinity Bay (north), East Bay (east) and Galveston Bay (south), is then connected to the Gulf of Mexico.

The bays are brown and green from sediments.

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