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English Channel and Sediments from Thames Estuary and Rhine-Meuse-Schelt Delta, Northern Europe

51.0N 1.4E

October 23rd, 2011 Category: Sediments

France - October 23rd, 2011

The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England (above, left) from northern France (center, below), and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest, to only 34 km (21 mi) in the Strait of Dover.

The Channel itself doesn’t show many sediments, but a greater quantity can be observed spilling from the Thames Estuary, England, and the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, in the Netherlands and Belgium, into the North Sea. Also of note near the bottom center is the city of Paris, France, appearing as a large grey area.

Sediments from Rivers Thames and Severn, United Kingdom – September 29th, 2011

51.3N 1.4W

September 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

UK and France - September 28th, 2011

Greenish gold sediments pour from the River Thames, in England, through its estuary, and into the North Sea. From there, currents carry them northeastward, parallel to the coasts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

On the opposite side of the United Kingdom, reddish brown sediments from the River Severn flow into the Bristol Channel. The channel separates southern Wales from southwestern England.

 

Sediments in North Sea by United Kingdom and Netherlands

51.8N 2.5E

August 25th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - August 15th, 2011

Sediments and some phytoplankton can be seen in the North Sea near the English Channel in this image of the United Kingdom (left), the Netherlands (upper right), Belgium (center right) and France (below).

The majority of the sediments, gold and green in color, are spilling forth from the Thames Estuary, in the United Kingdom. On the opposite shores, sediments are also present in and near the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta, a river delta in the Netherlands and Belgium formed by the confluence of the Rhine, the Meuse and the Scheldt rivers.

The greenish streak in the North Sea in the upper part of the image is a trail of sediments known as the East Anglian Plume. The bright blue patch in the sea halfway between the UK and the Netherlands is most likely caused by phytoplankton.

North Sea Canal Reaching Amsterdam, the Netherlands

52.3N 4.8E

June 20th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Netherlands - June 20th, 2011

The dark line stretching from the body of the water to the west to the one to the east in this APM image is the North Sea Canal (Dutch: Noordzeekanaal), a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden.

It was constructed to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam, which is visible just below the center of the image as a bright green area. This man-made channel terminates at Amsterdam in the closed-off IJ Bay, which in turn connects to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.

Islands and Sediments by Coast of the Netherlands

51.4N 3.8E

May 5th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Netherlands - May 2nd, 2011

In the upper right quadrant of this image of the Netherlands (Holland), greenish sediments and algal growth can be noted in the IJsselmeer and Markermeer, two large lakes separated by a dike, the Houtribdijk.

Continuing northward, brownish sediments can be observed in the Wadden Sea, between the Frisian Islands and the mainland.

Some other islands can be observed to the south, in the province of Zeeland. Located in the south-west of the country, the province consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning “sea-land”) and a strip bordering Belgium.

The province of Zeeland 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.

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