Satellite image of the North Sea. Captured by Nasa in 2003.
The North Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It connects to the ocean through the English Channel in the south and the Norwegian Sea in the north. It is more than 970 kilometres (600 mi) long and 580 kilometres (360 mi) wide, with an area of around 570,000 square kilometres (220,000 sq mi).
Historically, the North Sea has featured prominently in geopolitical and military affairs, particularly in Northern Europe. It was also important globally through the power northern Europeans projected worldwide during much of the Middle Ages and into the modern era. The North Sea was the centre of the Vikings' rise. Subsequently, the Hanseatic League, the Netherlands, and the British each sought to dominate the North Sea and thus the access to the markets and resources of the world. As Germany's only outlet to the ocean, the North Sea continued to be strategically important through both World Wars.
The coast of the North Sea presents a diversity of geological and geographical features. In the north, deep fjords and sheer cliffs mark the Norwegian and Scottish coastlines, whereas in the south the coast consists primarily of sandy beaches and wide mudflats. Due to the dense population, heavy industrialization, and intense use of the sea and area surrounding it, there have been a number of environmental issues affecting the sea's ecosystems. Adverse environmental issues — commonly including overfishing, industrial and agricultural runoff, dredging, and dumping among others — have led to a number of efforts to prevent degradation of the sea while still making use of its economic potential.
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Walking along the water's edge in Cuxhaven where the River Elbe meets the North Sea was so peaceful. 🌊☀️☺️
We were fascinated by the strandkorb chairs that lined the beach. 👌
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Frosty one mornig. As we had a little snow the night before and the forecast was for clear skys at sunrise I decided to try and get a shot of the sun rising behind Souter lighthouse with the grass in front covered in show. So even though the sunrise was not until 8:20 I still needed to be up at six to take the dogs for their walk then get down to Marsden to take the shot. No not this morning! First of all the snow was even thinner here than at home and secondly I had to deal with a bank of clouds on the south eastern horizon. Notice the smoke effect with the longish exposure, cool. It certainly look cold, it was nearly -7 C when I set of from home and did'nt half feel it! #lighthouse , #frosty , #winter , #dawn , #Souter , #Marsden , #northsea , #sunrise , #UK , #cold , #snow , #nationaltrust , #appicoftheweek