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Lake Garda, Italy – March 11th, 2009

March 11th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Lake Garda, Italy - March 10th, 2009

Lake Garda, Italy - March 10th, 2009

Northern end of Lake Garda © Andreas Brandstetter

Northern end of Lake Garda

The outline of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is unmistakeable at the foot of the snow-capped Italian Alps. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan.

It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The main tributary is the Sarca river, while the only emissary is the Mincio River.

The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the south-east), Brescia (south-west), and Trento (north).

The northern part of the lake is narrower, surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo. The shape is typical of a moraine valley, probably having been formed under the action of a Paleolithic glacier.

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