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Coastal Features and Sediments, United Kingdom, Ireland and France

51.5N 0.1W

August 13th, 2012 Category: Sediments

United Kingdom, Ireland and France – August 10th, 2012

While parts of England, Wales and Ireland are dotted by cloud cover, much of Scotland’s rocky coastline and mountainous terrain can be observed in the upper part of the image, as can northern France in the lower right quadrant. Visible near the right edge are sediments from the River Thames giving a green tinge to the waters along the coast of England. While the city of London is covered by clouds, Paris can be observed in the full image as a large grey area.

Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire, Wales

51.7N 5W

November 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Milford Haven Waterway (Welsh: Aberdaugleddyf), lower left quadrant, a natural harbour in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. As one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, it is a busy shipping channel; some ships and docks can be observed inside it upon opening the full image.

The Haven is a ria or drowned valley flooded at the end of the last Ice Age. It is formed by the Pembroke River and the Daugleddau estuary, and winds west to the sea. The Daugleddau estuary is formed by the Eastern and Western Cleddau Rivers.

Isle of Anglesey and Caernarfon Bay, Wales

53.2N 4.3W

November 20th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Anglesey (above), also known by its Welsh name Ynys Môn, an island and, as Isle of Anglesey, a county off the north west coast of Wales. With an area of 720 square kilometres (278 sq mi), Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, the sixth largest surrounding the island of Great Britain, and the largest island in the Irish Sea ahead of the Isle of Man.

Visible below is Caernarfon Bay (occasionally Caernarvon Bay), an inlet of the Irish Sea defined by the Llŷn peninsula and Anglesey. The gentle coastline surrounding it is home to villages including Nefyn, Trefor, and Clynnog Fawr on the mainland, and Aberffraw, Llanddwyn and Rhosneigr on Anglesey. The Menai Strait heads north east to link the bay to Conwy Bay.

Vegetation Index of United Kingdom and Ireland

53.2N 2.3W

November 12th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

UK and Ireland - November 12th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the United Kingdom and Ireland, in northern Europe. England, Scotland and Wales are separated from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by the Irish Sea.

The index is generally good (green) throughout, although some areas of low activity (yellow) can be seen in southern Ireland and in Scotland (upon opening the full image). Patches of high activity (rusty red) are sparse.

Sediments in the Bristol Channel, United Kingdom

51.4N 2.5W

October 31st, 2011 Category: Rivers

United Kingdom - October 28th, 2011

The Bristol Channel is a major inlet in the island of Great Britain, separating South Wales from Devon and Somerset in South West England. Here, it appears brown in color due to sediments. It extends from the lower estuary of the River Severn to the North Atlantic Ocean. It takes its name from the English city of Bristol, and is over 30 miles (50 km) across at its widest point.

The upper limit of the Channel is between Sand Point, Somerset and Lavernock Point in South Wales. East of this line is the Severn Estuary. Western and northern Pembrokeshire, and north Cornwall are outside the defined limits of the Bristol Channel, and are considered part of the seaboard of the Atlantic Ocean, more specifically the Celtic Sea.