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Lake Constance at the Northern Foot of the Alps – October 31st, 2009

47.5N 9.4E

October 31st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Lake Constance (in German, Bodensee) is a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps. It consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (“upper lake”), the Untersee (“lower lake”), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called the Seerhein.

The lake is situated in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps. Specifically, its shorelines lie in the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, and the Swiss cantons of Thurgau and St. Gallen. The Rhine flows into it from the south.

The freshwater lake sits at 395 m above sea level and is Central Europe’s third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is 63 km long, and at its widest point, nearly 14 km. It covers approximately 571 km² (208 mi²) of total area. The greatest depth is 252 m in the middle of the eastern part (Obersee). Its volume is approximately 55 km³.

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