North Sea Beach with gentle waves under a blue sky, decorated with white cloudes.

North Sea Beach

The North Sea is a marginal, epeiric sea on the European continental shelf. The Dover Strait and the English Channel in the south and the Norwegian Sea in the north connect it to the Atlantic Ocean. It is more than 970 kilometres long and 580 kilometres wide, with an area of around 750,000 square kilometres . A large part of the European drainage basin empties into the North Sea including water from the Baltic Sea.

Many of the sea's coastal features are the result of glacial movements. Deep fjords and sheer cliffs mark the Norwegian and parts of the Scottish coastline, whereas the southern coasts consist of sandy beaches and mudflats. These flatter areas are particularly susceptible to flooding, especially as a result of storm tides. Elaborate systems of dikes have been constructed to protect coastal areas.

Around the edges of the North Sea are sizeable islands and archipelagos, including Shetland, Orkney, and the Frisian Islands. The North Sea receives freshwater from a number of European continental watersheds, as well as the British Isles island watersheds.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drainage_basin - 02.06.2010

North Sea Beach

Sun, sea, beach . . . vastness - 
for me all this is a symbol for holiday, 
more than far away towns, hotels and programs for tourists.

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