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Islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Vis Off the Coast of Croatia

43.1N 16.4E

March 19th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Several islands are visible in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia in this orthorectified image. The three largest, from top to bottom on the right side, are: Brač, Hvar and Korčula, with the smaller island of Vis also visible towards the left side.

Brač is an island with an area of 396 km², making it the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. Its tallest peak, Vidova Gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 778 m, making it the highest island point in the Adriatic.

Hvar lies between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs.

Korčula has an area of 279 km2 (108 sq mi); 46.8 km (29.1 mi) long and on average 7.8 km (4.8 mi) wide. It is the sixth largest Adriatic island with a rather indented coast. It belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago, and lies just off the Dalmatian coast, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by the narrow strait of Pelješac. The highest peaks are Klupca, 568 m (1,860 ft) above sea level and Kom, 510 m (1,700 ft) high.

Islands of Croatia Along the Adriatic Coast

44.1N 15.4E

September 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - July 26th, 2009

Croatia - July 26th, 2009

Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea along its 5,835 km coastline. This area, like the rest of the east coast of the Adriatic, is generally bold and rocky, with many islands.

Upon opening the full image, the entire length of the coastline can be seen, from the peninsula of Istria in the north to the southermost islands.

The islands, which are long and narrow (the long axis lying parallel with the coast of the mainland), rise rather abruptly to elevations of a few hundred feet, with the exception of a few larger islands.

The Rocky Coast and Offshore Islands of Croatia

February 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia is a Central European country at the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Croatia borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the far southeast.

Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic Sea, and it also shares a sea border with Italy in the Gulf of Trieste.

Its terrain is diverse, including plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental north and northeast (Central Croatia and Slavonia, part of the Pannonian Basin), visible at the top.

Towards the center, the terrain consists of densely wooded mountains in Lika and Gorski Kotar, part of the Dinaric Alps, covered with snow in the image.

Finally, the terrain includes rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea (Istria, Northern Seacoast and Dalmatia), visible in varying shades of brown towards the bottom.

Many islands can also be seen off the rocky coasts, as offshore Croatia consists of over one thousand islands varying in size. The largest islands in Croatia are Cres and Krk, which are located in the Adriatic Sea.

Italy and Croatia Bordering the Adriatic Sea – June 25th, 2011

44.8N 11.6E

June 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - June 21st, 2011

Some snow is still visible atop the Alps in this image of Europe, taken on the first day of the northern hemisphere summer. The Apennines, running down the center of the Italian Peninsula, however, appear snow-free.

To the east of the peninsula is the Adriatic Sea, with numerous Croatian islands lining its eastern shores. Some sediments can be seen entering its northern part, by the delta of the River Po. Northwest of the delta, is Lake Garda, at the foot of the Alps.

Italy and Croatia’s Northern Adriatic Sea Coastlines – April 1st, 2011

45.0N 14.0E

April 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Italy and Croatia - March 23rd, 2011

Green sediments spill forth from the mouth of the River Po, a delta projecting into the Adriatic Sea near Venice, and line Italy’s eastern shoreline. The River Po has a drainage area of 74,000 km², most of which is in Italy.

The Croatian shoreline, on the other side of the Adriatic Sea, is mostly sediment free and flanked by many islands. The sediments on the Italian side do not pass the peninsula of Istria on the Croatian side.