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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 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.

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