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Lake County, Oregon, USA

42.6N 120.2W

October 25th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Oregon, USA - August 31st, 2009

Oregon, USA - August 31st, 2009

Lake County is a county located in the high desert south central region of the state of Oregon, USA. It is named for the many lakes found within its boundaries.

The lakes in this image include Lake Abert (bright green, near center), Alkali Lake (whitish identation north of Lake Abert), Goose Lake (green ringed by tan, south of Lake Abert) and Summer Lake (large and white, west of Lake Abert).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 8,358 square miles (21,650 km2), of which 8,136 square miles (21,070 km2) is land and 223 square miles (580 km2) (2.66%) are water.

While it is among the largest Oregon counties in land area, it is thinly populated with 7,422 residents in 2000. The economy in Lake County is reliant on lumber, agriculture and natural resource extraction.

The Rhône River Spilling into the Mediterranean – October 25th, 2009

43.2N 5.3E

October 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

Many lakes and lagoons are present along the coast of the South of France, from the Étang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau), the dark blue lake at the bottom left, to the lighter colored Étang de Berre on the right, west of Marseille.

Created by the rise in water levels at the end of the last ice age, this small inland sea is composed of three parts: the principal body of water, the Étang de Vaïn to the east and the Étang de Bolmon to the south-east.

Flowing down through the center of the image is the Rhône River, which eventually spills some sediments into the Mediterranean Sea near the Étang de Berre.

The Darling Scarp, Parallel to the Coast of Western Australia

31.9S 115.8E

October 25th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - September 4th, 2009

Australia - September 4th, 2009

Most of the southwest corner of Western Australia is covered by bright green vegetation and fields, with the exception of one dark brown strip running parallel to the coast.

This is the Darling Scarp (previously known as the Darling Range), a low escarpment running north-south to the east of the Swan Coastal Plain and Perth. It extends generally north of Bindoon, to the south of Pemberton, and easterly to include Mount Bakewell near York and Mount Saddleback near Boddington.

The dark green and brown is dense vegetation on and above the scarp, which has been retained for forest reserve and water catchment purposes. The sharp vegetation boundary on the coastal side coincides with the edge of the scarp.