Orbit 33844 Frame 2565 10 October 2001 10:36 GMT
Southern Holland and part of Northern Belgium are imaged.
Upper left: Rotterdam, world's largest port. It engulfs both banks of the Nieuwe Mass, an estuary of the Rhine, which connects to the Waal and Meuse rivers, major waterways extending inland into Belgium and Germany. A deep water channel known as the Nieuwe Water connects the inland harbour to the North Sea and allows access by large ocean-going vessels. The new installations of Europoort and Maasvlakte at the western end of the channel provide facilities for supertankers. Europoort handles close to 300 million metric tons of goods annually.
Bottom right: Antwerp, along the banks of the river Schelde, is Belgium's chief port, i.e. a river port with sea access to all but the largest ships
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Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,