Land is a major source of marine sediment. Rivers off the South Island’s east coast carry huge quantities of sediment out to sea, discharging the muddy plumes (aqua coloured) visible in this satellite image. Currents carry the material along the coast and deposit it on the sea floor. White areas are clouds.
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NASA Visible Earth, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Photograph by Jacques Descloitres
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