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Sediments in English Channel and Gironde Estuary – March 31st, 2012

48.1N 3.3W

March 31st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

United Kingdom and France - March 28th, 2012

Sediments can be observed in the English Channel, separating the United Kingdom (above) from France (below, right), and along the western coast of France, particularly in the Gironde Estuary. The Gironde is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just below the centre of Bordeaux. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), it is the largest estuary in western Europe.

Generally Good Vegetation Index in United Kingdom and France

50.4N 1.1W

January 25th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

United Kingdom and France - January 6th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of England (above) and France (below). The two countries are separated by the English Channel. The city of London appears as a large, circular grey area near the southeastern coast of England.

FAPAR stands for Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation, the fraction of the incoming solar radiation in the Photosynthetically Active Radiation spectral region that is absorbed by a photosynthetic organism. This biophysical variable is directly related to the primary productivity of photosynthesis and some models use it to indicate the state and evolution of the vegetation cover. Here, the vegetation index is generally good (green) across the region, with a few areas of low activity (yellow) visible. In the full image, areas of high activity (rusty red) can be seen in France.

Island of Jersey off Coast of Cotentin Peninsula, France

49.2N 2.1W

December 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

France - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the island of Jersey, off the coast of the Cotentin Peninsula of France. Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency. Measuring 118.2 square kilometres (46 sq mi), including reclaimed land and intertidal zone, it is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands.

Jersey lies in the English Channel, approximately 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) from the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France, and approximately 87 nautical miles (161 km; 100 mi) south of Great Britain. Its a maximum land elevation of 136 m (446 ft).

The Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, is a peninsula in Normandy, forming part of the north-western coast of France. It juts out north-westwards into the English Channel, towards Great Britain. To its west lie the Channel Islands and to the southwest lies the Brittany Peninsula.

The peninsula lies wholly within the département of Manche, in the région of Basse-Normandie. It is part of the Armorican Massif and lies between the estuary of the Vire River and Mont Saint Michel Bay. It is divided into three areas: the headland of La Hague, the Cotentin Pass (Le Plain), and the valley of the Saire River (Val-de-Saire).

The largest town in the peninsula is Cherbourg on the north coast, a major cross-channel port. The western coast of the peninsula, known as la Côte des Îles (Coast of the Islands) faces the Channel Islands.

Rance River Flowing Between Dinard and Saint-Malo, France

48.6N 2W

December 22nd, 2011 Category: Rivers

France - December 22nd, 2011

The long, wide identation visible on the northwestern coast of France in this ASAR image is the Rance, flowing into the English Channel between Dinard and Saint-Malo. Before reaching the Channel, its waters are barred by a 750 metre long dam forming the Rance tidal power plant.

Here, the cities of Saint-Malo and Dinard can be seen by the rivermouth, with the former on the right bank and the latter on the left bank. Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. It is a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine. Dinard is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. It is on the Côte d’Émeraude of Brittany.

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.