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Snow-Capped Peaks of the Alps in Austria – December 6th, 2009

47.4N 12.3E

December 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

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The peaks of the Alps are capped with snow in this autumn image focusing on Austria. The majority of the country is mountains; in fact of its total area of 84,000 km2 (32,433 sq mi), only about a quarter can be considered low-lying, and only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft).

Austria can be divided into five areas, the biggest being the Eastern Alps, which constitute 62% of nation’s total area. The Austrian foothills at the base of the Alps and the Carpathians account for around 12% and the foothills in the east and areas surrounding the periphery of the Pannoni low country amount to about 12% of the total landmass.

The second greater mountain area (much lower than the Alps) is situated in the north. Known as the Austrian granite plateau, it is located in the central area of the Bohemian Mass, and accounts for 10% of Austria. The Austrian portion of the Vienna Basin comprises the remaining 4%.

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