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The Port of Rotterdam
Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

An Expedition 11 crewmember took this photo of the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, also known as Europoort (Eurogate). Rotterdam has been an important trading center since approximately 1250 A.D. This image illustrates the close proximity of the Europoort with the surrounding cities of Hoek van Holland, Oostvoorne, Brielle and agricultural fields to the south.

The presence of the port and its seawalls interrupts southward-flowing coastal currents, leading to accumulation of sediment to the south (upper left of image). Numerous ship wakes are visible within the port complex itself and in the upper right of the image.

Image Credit: NASA

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