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Snow Highlighting Chain of Frisian Islands, Netherlands and Germany – February 12th, 2013

53.3N 5.3E

February 12th, 2013 Category: Image of the day

Holland- January 25th, 2013

Snow covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in this winter image of Europe. It also highlights part of the chain of Frisian Islands, also known as the Wadden Islands or Wadden Sea Islands. The islands form an archipelago at the eastern edge of the North Sea in northwestern Europe, stretching from the north-west of the Netherlands through Germany to the west of Denmark. The islands shield the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (large parts of which fall dry during low tide) from the North Sea.

Sediments by River Delta of Zeeland, Netherlands

52.0N 4.4E

November 25th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Holland – November 22nd, 2012

Sediments can be seen by the coast of the Netherlands, by Zeeland the country’s westernmost province. It consists of a number of islands and a strip bordering Belgium.┬áZeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time. What used to be a muddy landscape, flooding at high tide and reappearing at low tide, became a series of small man-made hills that stayed dry at all times. The people of the province would later connect the hills by creating dikes, which led to a chain of dry land that later grew into bigger islands and gave the province its current shape. The shape of the islands has changed over time at the hands of both man and nature.

East Anglian Plume by United Kingdom and Small Phytoplankton Bloom by Netherlands – August 25th, 2012

51.8N 2.3E

August 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

United Kingdom – August 18th, 2012

The trail of sediments spilling out of the Thames Estuary and eastward across the Southern Bight is a phenomenon known as the East Anglian Plume. Although the plume tends to be weakest in the summer and strongest in the winter, it is still visible here. Also of note to the south of the plume, just off the coast of the Netherlands, is a small, bright blue phytoplankton bloom.

Dikes and Levees by Coast of Netherlands – March 11th, 2012

52.3N 4.8E

March 11th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Netherlands - December 28th, 2011

The bright white parts of this wide-swath ASAR image show the most heavily populated areas of the Netherlands. The country is among the most densely populated on earth: ranked 15th overall. The country’s geography is unusual in that much of its land has been reclaimed from the sea and is below sea level, protected by dikes.

The Netherlands can be split into two areas: the low and flat lands in the west and north. These lands, including the reclaimed polders and river deltas, make up about half of its surface area. An extensive range of seawalls and coastal dunes protect the Netherlands from the sea, and levees and dikes along the rivers protect against river flooding. Such levees and dikes can be observed in the full image, near the coast, appearing as thin grey lines crossing the bodies of water.

High Vegetation Index in Western England and Wales – October 29th, 2011

51.7N 0.9W

October 29th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

United Kingdom - October 28th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the United Kingdom (upper left) and stretches over France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Photosynthetic activity is highest (rusty red) in western England and Wales, particularly near the Bristol Channel. The rest of the image shows a generally good (green) vegetation index.