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East Anglian Plume Stretching Out from Mouth of River Thames, UK

51.6N 1.6E

February 9th, 2013 Category: Sediments

UK – January 27th, 2013

The trail of sediments spilling out of the mouth of the River Thames, east of London (below the center of this image), and northeast across the North Sea is a phenomenon known as the East Anglian Plume. The plume is strongest during the winter months.

Heavy Snow Across the United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

January 28th, 2013 Category: Rivers

UK – January 26th, 2013

Much of the United Kingdom was affected by heavy snowfall last week. Here, snow can be seen blanketing southeast England, down to the sediment-laden Thames Estuary (bottom), east of London. Over seven centimeters of white powder were reported after the first night of snowfall. The snow caused hundreds of school closings, particularly in the Midlands, as well as road closures, and delays and cancellations for both trains and flights.

Sediments and Phytoplankton Bloom by United Kingdom Coast – May 23rd, 2012

52.6N 0.8E

May 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 22nd, 2012

A bright blue phytoplankton bloom, separated into two close yet separate areas, can be observed in the North Sea off the coast of the United Kingdom. Also visible by the coast are sediments from several rivers. Southwest of the phytoplankton bloom are sediments from the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse, in the Wash, the square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. Further down the coast are sediments from the River Thames, east of London. On the opposite side of the island are sediments from the River Severn in the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel.

London on the River Thames, United Kingdom – December 25th, 2011

51.5N 0.1W

December 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

United Kingdom - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the city of London (left edge), situated on the River Thames. London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. The Thames runs roughly through the center of the city, splitting it into North and South.

Greater London covers an area of 1,579 square kilometres (610 sq mi), an area which had a population of 7,172,036 in 2001 and a population density of 4,542 people per square kilometre. A larger area, referred to as the London Metropolitan Region or the London Metropolitan Agglomeration covers an area of 8,382 square kilometres (3,236 sq mi) had a population of 12,653,500 and a population density of 1,510 people per square kilometre.

Urban Areas of London and Birmingham, United Kingdom – October 19th, 2011

52.4N 1.8W

October 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

United Kingdom - October 12th, 2011

Cities and towns across the United Kingdom appear as white circles and dots throughout this wide-swath ASAR. The largest visible city is London, situated on the banks of the River Thames, just below the center of the image. It is the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures.

Visible to the northwest of London is the city of Birmingham. It is the most populous British city outside the capital London, with a population of 1,036,900 (2010 estimate), and lies at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, the second most populous urban area in the United Kingdom with a population of 2,284,093 (2001 census). Birmingham’s metropolitan area, which includes surrounding towns to which it is closely tied through commuting, is also the United Kingdom’s second most populous with a population of 3,683,000.