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Houston and Various Bays Along the Texas Coast, USA

28.5N 96.3W

January 8th, 2011 Category: Sediments

USA - December 26th, 2010

Various bays, green and tan due to sediments, can be observed along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Texas, USA. The city of Houston appears as a greyish area in the upper right quadrant.

Near Houston is Trinity Bay, the northeast portion of Galveston Bay, bordered by Chambers and Harris counties in Texas, United States. The bay, approximately 20 mi long, heads at the mouth of the Trinity River. Trinity Bay is separated from the main part of Galveston Bay by the San Jacinto River, part of the Houston Ship Channel.

Of the bays further southwest along the coast, the largest is Matagorda Bay, lying in Calhoun and Matagorda counties. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula and serves as the mouth of numerous streams, most notably the Lavaca and Colorado Rivers.

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.

Algae in the Gulf of Mexico by Houston, Texas, USA

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Houston, Texas, USA - March 1st, 2009

Houston, Texas, USA - March 1st, 2009

Houston (center left) is the fourth-largest city in the USA and the largest city within the state of Texas. As of the 2007 U.S. Census estimate, the city has a population of 2.2 million within an area of 600 square miles (1,600 km²).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 601.7 square miles (1,558.4 km²); this comprises 579.4 square miles (1,500.7 km²) of land and 22.3 square miles (57.7 km²) of water.

Most of Houston is located on the gulf coastal plain, and its vegetation is classified as temperate grassland and forest.

Much of the city was built on forested land, marshes, swamp, or prairie, which are all still visible in surrounding areas.

Houston has four major bayous passing through the city. Buffalo Bayou runs through downtown and the Houston Ship Channel, and has three tributaries: White Oak Bayou, Braes Bayou and Sims Bayou.

Houston is connected to the large bay to the southeast by a shipping channel. The bay, which is actually divided into three sections: Trinity Bay (north), East Bay (east) and Galveston Bay (south), is then connected to the Gulf of Mexico.

The bays are brown and green from sediments.

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.