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Sediments in the Gulf of Mexico Near Houston, Texas – November 17th, 2009

29.7N 95.3W

November 17th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 10th, 2009

USA - November 10th, 2009

Louisiana Lakes and Bays

Louisiana Lakes and Bays

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

The waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas (to the west) and Louisiana (to the east), USA, are laden with sediments. Those in bays and released from rivers by the Louisiana shores are a thick, muddy brown, while those flanking the Texas shoreline are diluted to a greener hue.

The first close-up focuses on the city of Houston, the largest city within the state of Texas. The city, most of which is situated on the gulf coastal plain, is connected to a large bay to the southeast. This bay is divided into three sections: Trinity Bay (north), East Bay (east) and Galveston Bay (south). Here, the bay is mostly colored light brown from sediments, which can then be sen spilling out into the Gulf.

The second close-up depicts a series of lakes and bays  filled with dark brown sediments along the Louisiana coastline. These are, from left to right, Sabine Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Grand Lake, White Lake, Vermilion  Bay and West Cote Blanche Bay.

Algal Bloom Showing Currents off Texas, Lousiana Coastline

February 13th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Texas and Louisiana coastline, USA - February 7th, 2009

Texas and Louisiana coastline, USA - February 7th, 2009

An algal bloom is present along this stretch of coastline from Texas (southwest) to Louisiana (northeast), USA. The greenish swirls in the Gulf of Mexico make it possible to see the water currents, not usually visible in non-radar images.

Several bays and lakes by the shoreline are also filled with algae and sediments, including Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay in Texas (center), Sabine Lake (right) on the border of the two states, and the brackish Calcasieu Lake (far right) in Louisiana.

The city of Houston is also visible just northwest of the two bays in Texas.

Farther inland, Lake Livingston, a man-made reservoir located in the East Texas Piney Woods, can be seen at the top. Its waters are dark blue and free of algae.