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Lakes Garda and Geneva Near the Alps – August 30th, 2009

45.5N 10.6E

August 30th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Italy, Switzerland and France - July 28th, 2009

Italy, Switzerland and France - July 28th, 2009

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Two large lakes lying at the foot of the Alps are visible in this image of northern Italy, southwestern Switzerland and southeastern France.

The crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, also called Lake Léman, can be seen above the snowy mountains in the upper left quadrant, on the Swiss-French border. It is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe in terms of surface area.

Moving to the east, at the foot of the Alps in Italy, is Lake Garda. The lake is best observed in the close-up or full version of the image, as its bluish-green color causes it to blend in with the surrounding green vegetation. It is the largest lake in Italy.

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