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Sediment Pours into Monterey Bay

Sediment Pours into Monterey Bay

The Salinas and Pajaro rivers dumped sediment into Monterey Bay on February 27, 2017. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image that day.

High water levels in several rivers in Monterey County prompted evacuations in late February, and high winds left thousands of people without electricity, according to local news reports. The surging rivers are the result of heavy rains across California this winter, including several atmospheric river events that caused inland flooding.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Pola Lem.

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