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Coastline of Cornwall County, England – November 22nd, 2011

50.3N 5W

November 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the county of Cornwall, England, which forms the tip of the south-west peninsula of the island of Great Britain. The coastline is composed mainly of resistant rocks that give rise in many places to impressive cliffs.

The north and south coasts have different characteristics. The north coast on the Celtic Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, is more exposed and therefore has a wilder nature. The prosaically named High Cliff, between Boscastle and St Gennys, is the highest sheer-drop cliff in Cornwall at 223 metres (732 ft). However, there are also many extensive stretches of fine golden sand beaches. There are two river estuaries on the north coast: Hayle Estuary and the estuary of the River Camel, which provides Padstow and Rock with a safe harbour.

The south coast, dubbed the “Cornish Riviera”, is more sheltered and there are several broad estuaries offering safe anchorages, such as at Falmouth and Fowey. Beaches on the south coast usually consist of coarser sand and shingle, interspersed with rocky sections of wave-cut platform.

The interior of the county consists of a roughly east-west spine of infertile and exposed upland, with a series of granite intrusions, such as Bodmin Moor, which contains the highest land within Cornwall. From east to west, and with approximately descending altitude, these are Bodmin Moor, the area north of St Austell, the area south of Camborne, and the Penwith or Land’s End peninsula.

London on the River Thames in England, United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

June 14th, 2010 Category: Rivers

England - February 19th, 2010

England - February 19th, 2010

England is located in the southern part of the island of Great Britain, excluding Wales. It has an area of 50,351 sq mi (130,410 sq km) and a population (2001) of about 49,138,831. It is the largest constituent unit of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The capital is London, visible on the left in this image, along the River Thames.

Severe Weather Warning for United Kingdom

February 6th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Disturbance over United Kingdom - February 5th, 2009

Disturbance over United Kingdom - February 5th, 2009

The United Kingdom has been hit by severe weather this week, with arctic-like temperatures, heavy snowfalls and icy conditions in many parts of the country.

The UK Meteorology Office reported that the abundant snowfalls, temperatures around or below freezing, and icy weather are likely to continue throughout the week, though the conditions should gradually become less severe.

The disturbance has caused many disruptions to the public transport system and bad driving conditions on roads.

Southern England has been experiencing the heaviest snowfall, with 31 cm in Surrey, 28 cm in south London, and 25 cm in Kent, the National Post reported on February 2nd.

Cloudless View of the United Kingdom and Ireland – December 4th, 2008

December 4th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

Close-up of Northern England and the Isle of Man

Close-up of England-Scotland border and the Isle of Man

Most of the United Kingdom and Ireland can be seen clearly in this virtually cloud-free image, in which only the area around London and the River Thames is covered.

The terrain changes from plains and slight hills in the South to the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands in the North.

The first close-up highlights the mountainous region around the England-Scotland border. Sediments flow from the River Waver and the River Wampool into Moricambe Bay, an inlet of the Solway Firth in Cumbria, created by the confluence of the two rivers. Offshore, the Isle of Man can be seen in the Irish Sea.

The snow-capped Cumbrian Mountains (England) are visible south of the bay, as are the Southern Uplands (Scotland), north of the bay. There are many lakes near the base of the mountains.

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

The second close-up focuses on Western England and Wales. The River Severn is spilling dark brown sediments towards the Celtic Sea, and the cities of Cardiff (Wales) and Bristol (England) can be seen on its northern and southern shores, respectively. Snow covers the peaks of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog).

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