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Phytoplankton Blooms Off Norwegian and British Coasts – June 25th, 2009

59.8N 0.0E

June 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Phytoplankton bloom in North Atlantic Ocean - June 24th, 2009

Phytoplankton bloom in North Atlantic Ocean - June 24th, 2009

Bloom off southern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southwestern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southwestern Norwegian coast

Spring phytoplankton blooms continue to flourish in the North Atlantic, coloring the ocean waters bright green and turquoise. The main image gives an overview of various blooms off the coasts of the United Kingdom and Norway.

The first two close-ups focus on blooms off the coast of Norway. In the image of the southwestern coast, one intense area is light blue in color with a light green patch in the center, while the other is darker green, indicating greater concentrations of different types of phytoplankton.

The final close-up focuses on a bloom off the coast of the Outer Hebrides Archipelago, part of Scotland. The bloom is more intense off the western coast than the eastern and southern coasts. It also reaches down to Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a more intense area midway. Another concentrated area is off the Scottish coast, between the mainland and the Isle of Skye.

Bloom near Outer Hebrides

Bloom near Outer Hebrides

Coastline of United Kingdom and Ireland – May 29th, 2009

54.5N 6.3W

May 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 11th, 2009

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 11th, 2009

This virtually cloudless view of the United Kingdom and Ireland gives a clear of the countries’ coastlines, particularly in Scotland (upper left). While the northern coastlines are mostly clear, those to the south are flanked by sediments.

The River Severn, on the border of Wales and England, is spilling dark brown sediments into the Bristol Channel. At the same time, on the other side of the island nation, the River Thames is discharging tan sediments into the North Sea.

Inland, most of the terrain appears dark green or brown, though several areas stand out, including the tan colored Dartmoor (below the River Severn).

This is an area of moorland in the centre of Devon, England, covering 954 square kilometres (368 sq mi). The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops (known as tors), providing habitats for wildlife.

Cloudless View of the United Kingdom and Ireland – December 4th, 2008

December 4th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

Close-up of Northern England and the Isle of Man

Close-up of England-Scotland border and the Isle of Man

Most of the United Kingdom and Ireland can be seen clearly in this virtually cloud-free image, in which only the area around London and the River Thames is covered.

The terrain changes from plains and slight hills in the South to the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands in the North.

The first close-up highlights the mountainous region around the England-Scotland border. Sediments flow from the River Waver and the River Wampool into Moricambe Bay, an inlet of the Solway Firth in Cumbria, created by the confluence of the two rivers. Offshore, the Isle of Man can be seen in the Irish Sea.

The snow-capped Cumbrian Mountains (England) are visible south of the bay, as are the Southern Uplands (Scotland), north of the bay. There are many lakes near the base of the mountains.

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

The second close-up focuses on Western England and Wales. The River Severn is spilling dark brown sediments towards the Celtic Sea, and the cities of Cardiff (Wales) and Bristol (England) can be seen on its northern and southern shores, respectively. Snow covers the peaks of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog).

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