This Six Kilometre-Long Pier Leaves Devastatingly Beautiful Patterns In Its Wake

This 4-Mile Pier Leaves Devastatingly Beautiful Patterns in Its Wake

Image Cache: This pier extends out from Progreso into the Gulf of Mexico a staggering 6.4km. But just as astonishing as the structure itself is the beautiful wake it creates as the waters in the sea pass by.

Construction of the pier began in 1985, and the orginal strucutre has been estended from 1.9km to the current 6.4km. It's built over a wide and shallow continental shelf, to dock large cargo and passenger ships. In 2014, almost 100 cruise liners docked in Progreso, carrying more than 344,000 passengers to the city.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured on November 5th 2014. [NASA Earth Observatory]


    Having done Busselton last month this picture just makes me want to swim around this pier!

    Aren't those colours the sand that naturally passes down the beach collecting in different depths, rather than a wake?

      most likely, notice how they are only prominent in the lee of the jetty, allowing visualisation of the wake disturbance, like adding smoke to a wind tunnel.

      It is a lovely swirling pattern nonetheless.

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