The Coastline of Denmark – May 6th, 2009
The entire coastline of Denmark (center) is visible in this image, as well as parts of the shorelines of Germany (bottom), Norway (top left) and Sweden (top right).
The main bodies of water visible include the North Sea (left) and the Baltic Sea(right), connected by the Skagerrak and Kattegat Straits (top center). Denmark has long controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea, and these waters are also known as the Danish Straits.
Denmark consists of a large peninsula, Jutland and many islands, most notably Zealand, as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago. The peninsula and 443 named islands give the country a very long total coastline of 7,314 kilometres (4,544 mi).
The first close-up focuses on the western side of the Jutland Peninsula, near the border between Denmark and Germany. The islands here are called the Frisian Islands, in the Wadden Sea. The area is typified by extensive tidal mud flats and deeper tidal trenches.
The second close-up shows the top of the Jutland Peninsula and Denmark’s northernmost point, called Skagens Point. The country is flat with little elevation; having an average height above sea level of only 31 metres (102 ft).