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Mount Baldy in Apache County, Arizona, USA

33.9N 109.5W

October 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - September 6th, 2009

USA - September 6th, 2009

The isolated, rounded mountain peaks in the upper half of this orthorectified image of Apache County in northeastern Arizona, USA, contrast with the White Mountains below. Many of the rounded buttes above reach heights of between 9000 and 10,000 feet.

The highest point in the White Mountains, on the other hand, is Mount Baldy (lower right quadrant). With a summit 11,420 feet (3,480 meters) above sea level, the peak of Mount Baldy rises above the tree line and is left largely bare of vegetation, lending the mountain its name.

The summit of Mount Baldy is within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and is off-limits to hikers without permission; it is one of the most sacred mountains to the Apache of Arizona.

Mount Baldy also contains the headwaters of the Salt River and produces the most abundant trout fishing streams in Arizona. The area around Mount Baldy also averages the most abundant precipitation in Arizona.

Mountains Around Lake Attersee, Austria

47.8N 13.5E

October 4th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Austria - September 1st, 2009

Austria - September 1st, 2009

Lake Attersee, the large tan and green body of water on the right side of the image, is the largest lake of the Salzkammergut area of Austria. It extends for about 20 km from north to south and 4 km from east to west. Its water comes from the Seeache River, which flows out of another lake, the Mondsee.

The Höllengebirge (literally meaning mountains of hell), with a height of up to 1,800 m, are located southeast of the lake. Situated to the southwest of the lake is the Schafberg (the “Sheep Mountain”), with an altitude of 1,782 m.

Jakarta and Nearby Volcanic Summits, Indonesia – October 4th, 2009

6.2S 106.8E

October 4th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Indonesia - September 6th, 2009

Indonesia - September 6th, 2009

Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, has an area of 661.52 square kilometres (255.41 sq mi) and a population of 8,489,910. It is located on the northwestern coast of Java, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River on Jakarta Bay, which is an inlet of the Java Sea.

The northern part of Jakarta is constituted on a plain land, approximately eight meters above the sea level. This contributes to the frequent flooding. The southern parts of the city are hilly.

There are about thirteen rivers flowing through Jakarta, mostly flowing from the hilly southern parts of the city northwards towards the Java Sea. The most important river is the Ciliwung River, which divides the city into the western and eastern principalities.

South of the city, two large summits are visible in this orthorectified image: Mount Salak (lower left) and Mount Gede (bottom center).

Mount Salak is an eroded volcanic range in West Java. Several satellite cones occur on the southeast flank and on the northern foot. Two craters are found at the summit.

Mount Gede, or Gunung Gede, is a stratovolcano in West Java. The volcano contains two peaks: Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango. Seven craters are located in the complex: Baru, Gumuruh (2,927 m), Lanang (2,800 m), Kawah Leutik, Ratu (2,800 m), Sela (2,709 m) and Wadon (2,600 m).