Interrupting Sediments

The pier at Progreso extends 6.5 kilometers into the Gulf of Mexico, creating an artificial obstruction to ocean flow and sediment transport near the shore. The first 2 kilometers of the pier are built on arches that allow some flow through, but the newer sections do not. Prevailing winds act from the east-northeast, driving flow roughly right to left in the image. The sediment traces flow around the pier and reveals the complicated flow-shadow downstream of the newer parts of the pier. (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

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