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Lakes in Switzerland Below the Alps – October 11th, 2009

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

Switzerland - August 31st, 2009

Switzerland - August 31st, 2009

The low-laying areas below the Swiss Alps are home to several lakes, including Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

Lake Geneva (or Lake Léman), lower left, is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe in terms of surface area. Shared by Switzerland and France, it lies on the course of the Rhône River.

North of Lake Geneva is Lake Neuchâtel, in Western Switzerland. With a surface of 218.3 km², it is the largest lake entirely in Switzerland. The lake is 38.3 km long and no more than 8.2 km wide. Its surface is 429 m above sea-level, with a maximum depth of 152 m. The total water volume is 14.0 km³ and its drainage area is approximately 2,670 km².

Lakes Thun and Brienz are located close together, near the right side of the image. Here, Lake Thun appears blue, while Lake Brienze is bright green.

The alpine Lake Thun takes its name from the Swiss city of Thun, on its northern shore. Its approximately 2,500 km² large catchment area frequently causes local flooding after heavy rainfalls. Lake Thun is actually fed by water from Lake Brienz to the south east, which lies 6 metres higher.

Lake Brienz, similar to its neighbor Lake Thun, takes its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. The shores are steep, and there is almost no shallow water in the entire lake. Its length is about 9 miles, its width 1½ miles, and its maximum depth 856 feet, while its area is 11½ square miles, and the surface is 564 m above the sea-level.

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