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Limerick on the Shannon Estuary, Ireland – April 3rd, 2010

52.6N 8.6W

April 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Ireland - March 5th, 2010

Ireland - March 5th, 2010

This image reaches from the mountainous western coastal regions of Ireland to the country’s green interior interspersed with dark blue lakes. In the full image, the east coast is visible as well.

On the west coast, greenish sediments spill from the Shannon Estuary (Irish: Loch Luimnigh), a large estuary where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The estuary has Limerick at its head (appearing greyish here).

Its seaward limits are marked by Loop Head to the north and Kerry Head to the south. The estuary defines the main boundary between County Kerry/County Limerick to the south and County Clare to the north.

Ireland’s Western Coastline

March 14th, 2009 Category: Rivers

West coast of Ireland - March 1st, 2009

West coast of Ireland - March 1st, 2009

Despite some cloud cover, much of the western coast of Ireland can be observed here.

At the bottom is the Maharees Peninsula in County Kerry. Moving northeastward, Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the south.

Above, the Loop Head Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, in County Clare at the mouth of the River Shannon.

The River Shannon is, at 386 km (240 miles), the longest river in Ireland. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean through the 113 km (70 mi) long Shannon Estuary. The river is dark brown due to sediments, and the algal bloom is also present off the coast in this area.

Continuing northward up the coastline, Galway Bay, recognizable by the three Aran Islands located at its mouth, can be found. This large bay is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) long and from 10 to 30 kilometres (7 to 20 miles) in breadth. This bay is free of algal growth.

Still moving north, the terrain changes from green to brown and appears steeper. The brown area in County Galway, above Galway Bay, is home to the low mountains of Slieve Aughty.