Sediment in the North Sea
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Sediment in the North Sea

April 3, 2007

The North Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean, located between Norway and Denmark in the east, Scotland and England in the west, and Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France in the south. Clouds of sediment (greenish in the open water and brownish near the coastlines) swirl throughout the North Sea, in this image, captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on March 26, 2007.

The sediments are most concentrated in river outlets, most notably the Thames and the Mouth of the Humber on England's southeastern coast (at the bottom left). Within the larger body of the North Sea, the sediment is likely being pulled up from the sea floor, which lies no more than 50 meters below the surface. Large storms often stir up such sediment.

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