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Seasonal Variations of Suspended Sediment in the East Anglian Plume, UK

51.5N 0.6E

March 5th, 2013 Category: Sediments

UK – March 5th, 2013

The East Anglian plume, a region of relatively high concentrations of suspended sediment, develops eastward from eastern England across the Southern Bight during the winter. Here, it can be seen as a stream of brown, golden and green hues spilling out of the Thames Estuary, east of London. During the summer the plume concentrations are lower. Despite these seasonal variations, the plume constitutes a major feature transporting sediment across the North Sea.

Heavy Snow Across the United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

January 28th, 2013 Category: Rivers

UK – January 26th, 2013

Much of the United Kingdom was affected by heavy snowfall last week. Here, snow can be seen blanketing southeast England, down to the sediment-laden Thames Estuary (bottom), east of London. Over seven centimeters of white powder were reported after the first night of snowfall. The snow caused hundreds of school closings, particularly in the Midlands, as well as road closures, and delays and cancellations for both trains and flights.

Phytoplankton and Sediments in North Sea

53.8N 1.6E

May 26th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 23rd, 2012

A bright blue phytoplankton bloom continues to flourish (click here for previous image) in the North Sea off the coast of the United Kingdom. Visible around the bloom are faint sediments from British rivers that empty into the sea, appearing lighter green in color. These sediments pour into estuaries along the coast of the UK such as the Wash, on the northwest margin of East Anglia, and the Thames Estuary, east of London. Sediments streaming out from the latter are part of a phenomenon know as the East Anglian Plume.

Sediments and Phytoplankton Bloom by United Kingdom Coast – May 23rd, 2012

52.6N 0.8E

May 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - May 22nd, 2012

A bright blue phytoplankton bloom, separated into two close yet separate areas, can be observed in the North Sea off the coast of the United Kingdom. Also visible by the coast are sediments from several rivers. Southwest of the phytoplankton bloom are sediments from the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse, in the Wash, the square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. Further down the coast are sediments from the River Thames, east of London. On the opposite side of the island are sediments from the River Severn in the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel.

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.

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