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Lake Scutari and Lake Ohrid, Balkan Peninsula – April 15th, 2009

April 15th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Albania - April 9th, 2009

Albania - April 9th, 2009

Lake Scutari, also called Lake Skadar and Lake Shkodër, is a lake on the border of Montenegro andAlbania. It is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula; two-thirds are located in Montenegro.

Its surface, 6 m (20 ft) above sea level, can vary between 370 km² (142.9 sq mi) and 530 km² (204.6 sq mi).

The lake is a cryptodepression, filled by the Morača River and drained into the Adriatic by the 41 km (25 mi) long Bojana River, which forms the international border on the lower half of its length.

Another body of water, Lake Ohrid, is visible to the southeast of Lake Scutari. Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern region of the Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania.

Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288 m (940 ft) and a mean depth of 155 m (508 ft). It covers an area of 358 km² (138 sq mi), containing an estimated 55.4 km³ of water. It is 30.4 km long by 14.8 km wide at its maximum extent with a shoreline length of 87.53 km.

Sediments in the Adriatic Sea Along the Coast of Albania – February 5th, 2011

40.6N 19.3E

February 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Albania - January 16th, 2011

Thick tan sediments line the Adriatic coast of Albania. Many may be released by the Vjosë (or Aoös) River. Its total length is about 272 kilometres (169 mi), of which the first 80 kilometres (50 mi) are in Greece, and the remaining 192 kilometres (119 mi) are in Albania.

Further inland, two large lakes can be seen by the border of Albania, Macedonia and Greece. The larger, oval-shaped one is Lake Ohrid, straddling the mountainous border between the southwestern Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania.The other is one of the Prespa Lakes, shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia.

Corfu and the Border Zone of Albania, Greece and Macedonia

39.6N 19.9E

September 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Albania, Greece and Macedonia - July 26th, 2009

Albania, Greece and Macedonia - July 26th, 2009

Sun glint off the Ionian Sea highlights the movement of its waters around the Greek island of Corfu. This large island is located off the shores of southern Albania and northwestern Greece. The terrain of these two countries along the sea, as well as that of the landlocked Republic of Macedonia (upper right quadrant), occupies the rest of the image.

More precisely, the northern part of Corfu lies off the coast of Sarandë, Albania, from which it is separated by straits varying in breadth from 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 mi). The island’s southern part lies off the coast of Thesprotia, Greece.

Inland, much of the landscape is mountainous. The lakes visible above center are Lake Ohrid, straddling the mountainous border between the southwestern region Macedonia and eastern Albania, and Prespa Lakes, shared by Greece, Albania, and Macedonia.

The body of water visible on the far right edge is actually part of the Aegean Sea, which borders Greece on its eastern side.

Coastline and Lakes of Albania – August 8th, 2009

40.9N 20.6E

August 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Albania - July 27th, 2009

Albania - July 27th, 2009

Sediments line the coast of Albania, which is 362 kilometers long and extends along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Several sizeable lakes can also be observed: these are the three largest and deepest tectonic lakes of the Balkan Peninsula, all of which are partly located in Albania.

Lake Scutari, also called Shkodër and Skadar, in the country’s northwest (upper left corner), has a surface which can vary between 370 km2 (140 sq mi) and 530 km2, out of which one third belongs to Albania and rest to Montenegro. The Albanian shoreline of the lake is 57 km (35 mi). It is included in the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance.

Lake Ohrid is situated in the country’s southeast (right of center) and is shared between Albania and Republic of Macedonia. It has a maximal depth of 289 meters and a variety of unique flora and fauna can be found there, including “living fossils” and many endemic species.

Because of its natural and historical value, Ohrid Lake is under the protection of UNESCO, as human activity on the lake shores and in its catchment area has resulted in the ecosystem coming under stress.

Prespa (to the right of Lake Ohrid) is the name of two freshwater lakes shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. Of the total surface area, 190 km² belongs to the Republic of Macedonia, 84.8 km² to Greece and 38.8 km² to Albania. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).

The Great Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, while the Small Prespa Lake is shared only between Greece and Albania. With an abundance of rare fauna and flora, the area was declared a Transnational Park in 2000.

Fires in southeastern Albania

September 8th, 2008 Category: Fires

September 8th, 2008 - Fires in southeastern AlbaniaAlbania

September 8th, 2008 - Fires in southeastern Albania

Smoke from fires burning in southeastern Albania flowed southwards towards the Mediterranean when the MERIS on the Envisat satellite captured this image on September 8th, 2008.

Albania has a total area of 28,750 square kilometers. Its coastline is 362 kilometres long and extends along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The lowlands of the west face the Adriatic Sea. The 70% of the country that is mountainous is rugged and often inaccessible from the outside.

The highest mountain is Korab situated in the district of Dibra, reaching up to 2,753 metres (9,032 ft). The country has a continental climate at its high altitude regions with cold winters and hot summers. Besides the capital city of Tirana, which has 800,000 inhabitants, the principal cities are Durrës, Elbasan, Shkodër, Gjirokastër, Vlorë, Korçë and Kukës.

The three largest and deepest tectonic lakes of the Balkan Peninsula are located in Albania. Lake Scutari in the country’s northwest has a surface of 368 km², out of which 149 km² belong to Albania. The Albanian shoreline of the lake is 57 km. Ohrid Lake is situated in the country’s southeast and is shared between Albania and Macedonia. It has a maximal depth of 289 meters and it is so old that a unique flora and fauna can be found there, including “living fossils” and many endemic species. Because of its natural and historical value, Ohrid Lake is under the protection of UNESCO.

Over a third of the territory of Albania – about a million hectares (2.5 million acres) – is forested and the country is very rich in flora. About 3.000 different species of plants grow in Albania, many of which are used for medicinal purposes.

Phytogeographically, Albania belongs to the Boreal Kingdom and is shared between the Adriatic and East Mediterranean provinces of the Mediterranean Region and the Illyrian province of the Circumboreal Region. According to the WWF and Digital Map of European Ecological Regions by the European Environment Agency, the territory of Albania can be subdivided into three ecoregions: the Illyrian deciduous forests, Pindus Mountains mixed forests and Dinaric Mountains mixed forests. The forests are home to a wide range of mammals, including wolves, bears, wild boars, and chamois. Lynx, wildcats, pine martens and polecats are rare, but survive in some parts of the country.

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