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Sediments in Gironde Estuary on West Coast of France – October 17th, 2011

44.8N 0.5W

October 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France - October 14th, 2011

Sediments give the Gironde, on the western coast of France, an opaque tan color. Then they give a greenish tinge to the coastline as the diffuse into the waters of the Bay of Biscay. The Gironde is subject to very strong tidal currents and great care is needed when navigating by any size or type of boat.

The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river), in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just below the centre of Bordeaux. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), approximately 65 km (40 mi) long and 3–11 km (2–7 miles) wide, it is the largest estuary in western Europe.

Garonne and Dordogne Rivers Entering Gironde Estuary, France – June 2nd, 2011

44.8N 0.5W

June 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

France - May 18th, 2011

The Gironde Estuary is an estuary in South-West of France located in two regions: Aquitaine and Poitou Charentes. It is the common estuary of Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. Here, the estuary is tan from sediments, and the two rivers are easily identified by their tan color as well.

The largest estuary in Western Europe, it is 75 km long and up to 12 km wide with an area of 635 km². This macrotidal estuary has a tide amplitude varying from 2 m to 5 m. This amplitude actually increases from river mouth to upstream areas because of decreasing width and depth.

Sediments from Dordogne and Garonne Rivers in Gironde Estuary, France – April 23rd, 2011

44.8N 0.5W

April 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France – April 15th, 2011

Sediments from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers turn the waters of the Gironde Estuary, on the west coast of France, a tan color.

The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river), in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the two aforementioned rivers just below the centre of Bordeaux (visible as a grey area near the bottom edge).

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.

Pyrenees Mountains and Garonne River, France and Spain – December 15th, 2010

42.7N 1.1E

December 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

France and Spain - December 10th, 2010

The Pyrenees Mountains, on the border between Spain (below) and France (above) are capped by snow in this late fall image of Europe. In the full image, the range can be seen stretching from the Bay of Biscay (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right), for a total of 435 km (270 mi).

To the north of the range, the Garonne River can be seen flowing towards the northwest. The city of Toulouse appears as a grey area along its path approximately half way between the east and west coasts of France.

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