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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.

Condensation Trails Criss-Cross over North Sea

March 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Condensation trails near England - March 16th, 2009

Condensation trails near England - March 16th, 2009

Close-up of trails

Close-up of trails

Close-up of Strait of Dover

Close-up of Strait of Dover

Several condensation trails from airplanes crisscross the North Sea and the Strait of Dover, showing the path of morning flights in and out of British airports. Southeastern England is visible to the left, and northern France to the right.

Condensation trails, also known as contrails, are formed when hot, humid exhaust from planes is expelled into the cold air at high altitudes. The exhaust freezes and ice crystals form, creating lines that follow the path of the aircraft.

Sediments Frame English and French Coasts near Strait of Dover

March 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Strait of Dover - March 9th, 2009

Strait of Dover - March 9th, 2009

The Strait of Dover (French: Pas de Calais) is the strait at the narrowest part of the English Channel (center).

Sediments flowing from rivers hug the shores of England (above) and France (below). There is a particularly intense concentration near the mouth of the Thames River (top center).

The shortest distance across the strait is 34 kilometers, from the South Foreland, north-east of Dover in the county of Kent, England, to Cap Gris Nez, a cape near to Calais in the French département of Pas-de-Calais.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the opposite coastline and shoreline buildings with the naked eye.

Strait of Dover, United Kingdom

January 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Strait of Dover and Dover, United Kingdom - November 26th, 2008

Strait of Dover and Dover, United Kingdom - November 26th, 2008

Thanks to a gap in the clouds, we are able to have this clear image of the city of Dover and surrounding land, in southeastern England.

Upon careful examination of the coastline, we can just barely discern the light color of the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The body of water is the Strait of Dover, connecting the English Channel to the North Sea, and the small tip of land visible on the right includes Calais, France.

Before the construction of the underwater “Chunnel” (Channel Tunnel), the ferry route between Dover and Calais was the quickest way to cross between the island nation and continental Europe.