Clouds of sediment color the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico in this image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2009, just hours after Tropical Storm Ida had come ashore over Alabama and Florida, just east of the area shown. The turbulence of the water brought the sediment to the surface, as seen in the waves and eddies inside the tan and green waters. Also contributing to the sediment is the deposits from many rivers, including the Mississippi, which drain into the Gulf.

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