Water not showing on map.

When i was on approach into heathrow it suddenly occurred to me that i couldn’t see the river themes. As you can see from the picture provided you can see the iconic curves of the river however it’s a merky brown color rather than blue. is this normal or do i have a map issue?

From the satellite it doesn‘t look as blue as the ocean. Not every river has clear blue water… But to answer your question, I don‘t think this is a map issue.

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It’s not like the sea, the Thames is very dark in real life so it’s kind of a dark blur with the satellite imagery, especially at your alt.


It’s totally normal. The water is that colour (or at least seen from a satellite) if you look, the closer you get to the sea the more the water gets blue until you actually get to the sea. That’s how the water is in real life
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Also the fact the sun is pretty low because it’s winter (and or evening) means that everything seems a bit darker and orangy…when I took those screenshots I changed the time to 1pm and in summer.