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Mouth of Loire River by Saint Nazaire, France

47.2N 2.2W

December 23rd, 2011 Category: Rivers

France - December 22nd, 2011

This ASAR image of northwestern France shows the Loire River reaching the Bay of Biscay near the city of St. Nazaire, visible as a large, bright white area on the banks of the river in the lower right quadrant.

In the full image, the Saint-Nazaire bridge can be observed spanning the Loire river and linking Saint-Nazaire on the north bank and Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins on the south bank, in the department of Loire-Atlantique, France.

The Loire is the longest river in France, with a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), and a drainage area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), which represents more than a fifth of France’s land area.

France, from Paris to Bordeaux and the Gironde Estuary

October 18th, 2010 Category: Rivers

France - October 13th, 2010

Although the northern coast of France is mostly lined by clouds, the western coast can be observed clearly. Sediments are visible along much of the shoreline, the majority of which are being released by the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, pouring first into the Gironde Estuary and then into the Atlantic Ocean.

The city of Bordeaux can be seen at the base of the estuary. Further up the coast, the city of Nantes can be seen on the Loire River. Finally, moving inland to the northeast, the city of Paris is visible on the River Seine. These cities all appear as grey areas on the otherwise green and tan terrain.

Sediments Along the West and North Coasts of France

47.2N 2.2W

July 9th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

France - June 29th, 2010

France - June 29th, 2010

Tan sediments are released from several rivers along the west and north coasts of France. The most evident is the Gironde Estuary, in the lower righthand corner. Sediments from both the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers pour into this estuary and then into the Atlantic Ocean.

Moving northward up the coast, sediments can also be seen coming from the mouth of the Loire River, by St Nazaire. Moving around the peninsula to the north coast, tan sediments also spill from the Couesnon River into an estuary by Mont Saint-Michel.

Finally, at the top right, the River Seine can be seen winding its way towards the coast. Best observed in the full image, this river spills sediments into the Bay of the Seine in the English Channel near Le Havre.

French Rivers Spilling Sediments into the Bay of Biscay and English Channel – April 14th, 2010

47.2N 2.2W

April 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

France - March 5th, 2010

France - March 5th, 2010

Sediments from various rivers release thick tan sediments off the coast of France into the Bay of Biscay (left) and the English Channel (above).

Along the west coast, these sediments come from the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, released through the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux (lower right quadrant), and from the Loire River, whose mouth is located at St Nazaire, near Nantes. With a length of 1,013 kilometres (629 mi), the Loire is the longest river in France.

Moving northward from the mouth of the Loire, the Couesnon River is visible releasing sediments on France’s north coast in an estuary at Mont Saint-Michel. Finally, the mouth of the River Seine can be seen by Le Havre, near the upper right corner, spilling sediments into the Bay of the Seine in the English Channel.

The Loire River and Brittany, France

April 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

France - March 31st, 2009

France - March 31st, 2009

Brittany (French: Bretagne) is one of the 26 regions of France. It occupies a large peninsula in the northwest of the country, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Its capital is Rennes.

The peninsular coastline is relatively clear of sediments, though there concentrations at the mouth of the Loire River (bottom right) and another river to the north.

The Loire is the longest river in France, with a length of 1,013 kilometres (629 mi). It drains an area of 117,000 km2 (45,000 sq mi), which represents more than a fifth of France’s land area.

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