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Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor Estuary, in Florida, USA – April 26th, 2011

27.9N 82.4W

April 26th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

USA - April 15th, 2011

Greenish grey sediments color the waters of Tampa Bay (upper left quadrant), on the west coast of Florida, USA. Upon opening the full image, several long bridges can be seen as grey lines crossing the bay.

A second large indentation on the coast, the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, can be observed by the bottom center. It is filled with slighter lighter colored sediments. The cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers are located near its shores.

 

The Harbor and Estuary of Tampa Bay in Florida, USA – April 29th, 2010

27.9N 82.4W

April 29th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

USA - April 4th, 2010

USA - April 4th, 2010

Greenish sediments line the west coast of Florida, USA, particularly in the upper left quadrant, and spill from Tampa Bay (center left) into the Gulf of Mexico. Upon opening the full image, several long bridges can be seen crossing the bay.

Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary. Approximately 6,000 years ago, the bay formed as a brackish drowned river valley type estuary with a wide mouth connecting it to the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that time, it was a large fresh water lake, possibly fed by the Floridan Aquifer through natural springs.

Though the exact process of the lake-to-bay transformation is not completely understood, the leading theory is that rising seas levels following the last ice age coupled with the formation of a massive sink hole near the current mouth of the bay created a connection between the lake and the gulf.

Lakes, Bays and Cities of the Florida Peninsula, USA – January 26th, 2010

January 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

Lake Okeechobee and Miami

Lake Okeechobee and Miami

Bays

Bays

Sediments line the coast of Florida in the southern United States of America, giving the peninsula a greenish frame. These are particularly evident on the west side of the tip of the peninsula, between the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

The first close-up focuses on Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake wholly within the continental United States, and the city of Miami, appearing as a grey area along the east coast.

The second shows two large bays by the west coast: Tampa Bay (above), by the citiess of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the Charlotte Harbor Estuary (below), by the cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.

Fires North of Tampa Bay Area, Florida

March 20th, 2009 Category: Fires

Florida, USA - March 18th, 2009

Florida, USA - March 18th, 2009

Two fires are blazing in northwestern Florida, in the upper lefthand quadrant of this image. This western part of the Florida Peninsula has been experiencing long term drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

These drought conditions, reported the Florida Division of Forestry, are expected to worsen as a La NiƱa-like pattern continues to dominate the weather and will tend to bring below average rainfall to the state and above average temperatures.

Periodic freeze events will act to increase fuel loading in already dry areas and increase the fire danger through the spring months.

Therefore, there will be a high potential for an active wildfire season this spring.

Moving southward from the fires, towards the center, dark brown and green sediments pour into the Gulf of Mexico from rivers along the coast. The concentration of sediments is particularly intense near the mouth of the Crystal River, where the five power generation plants of the Crystal River Energy Complex are located.

Continuing further south, the Tampa Bay Area, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, is in view. In the full image, four bridges can be seen crossing the bay.

Fires in Southern Florida, USA

March 4th, 2009 Category: Fires

Florida, USA - March 4th, 2009

Florida, USA - March 4th, 2009

Close-up of fires

Close-up of fires

The Florida peninsula, USA, is a porous plateau of karst limestone sitting atop bedrock. Almost the entire state of Florida can be seen upon opening the full image.

The central and southern regions have many lakes, the largest of which is Lake Okeechobee.

The green, circular area southeast of the lake is a wildlife park known as Monkey Jungle.

In the first close-up, several fires are burning in the agricultural area between the park and Lake Okeechobee.

On the west coast of the peninsula two large inlets, Charlotte Harbor (below) and Tampa Bay (above) are visible.

Close-up of bays

Close-up of bays

In the second close-up, four bridges over Tampa Bay appear as long lines curving over the water. These are, from North to South, the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Howard Frankland Bridge, the Gandy Bridge and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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