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The Thames Estuary and London Array wind farm, England

The mouth of the Thames River in southeast England has been an important part of England’s history for centuries. As an entry and exit point for ships, it’s long helped to fuel the local economy. Look closely and you may be able to spot the tiny dots placed at regular intervals around that swirl of blue and white water; those are some of the 175 wind turbines of the London Array. The wind farm generates electricity for London’s electrical grid.

The Thames Estuary is the estuary in which the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea, in the south-east of Great Britain. It is not easy to define the limits of the estuary. Although physically the head of Sea Reach or the KentHam. The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the estuary, between Havengore Creek, Essex, and Warden Point, Kent. The eastern boundary of the estuary suggested in a Hydrological Survey of 1882-9 is a line drawn from North Foreland, Margate, Kent via the Kentish Knock lighthouse to Harwich in Essex. It is to this line that the typical estuarine sandbanks extend. The estuary downstream of the Tideway has a tidal movement of 4 metres, moving at a speed of 8 miles per hour.
Thames Estuary and Wind Farms from Space NASA
Satellite image of the Thames Estuary taken by the Operational Land Imager.