Year of 2017


030117
Somme River estuary, France

From this height, it may take a moment to see the birds cruising low above the Somme estuary when the tide is out. This 28-square-mile estuary on the northern coast of France connects to the English Channel. Six rivers empty into the bay, and at low tide, the waters withdraw far enough to expose patches of the sandy bed normally below the surface.


The Somme is a river in Picardy, northern France. The name Somme comes from a Celtic word meaning “tranquility”. The department Somme was named after this river. The river is 245 km long, from its source in the high ground of the former Forest of Arrouaise at Fonsommes near Saint-Quentin, to the Bay of the Somme, in the English Channel. It lies in the geological syncline which also forms the Solent. This gives it a fairly constant and gentle gradient where several fluvial terraces have been identified.
Source elevation: 279 feet (85 m)
Discharge: 1,236 ft³/s (35 m³/s)
Length: 152 miles (245 km)
Source: Picardy
Mouth: English Channel
Location: France

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