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The Jutland Peninsula, Denmark and Germany – September 26th, 2009

55.4N 11.7E

September 26th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Denmark - September 1st, 2009

Denmark - September 1st, 2009

Danish coast

Danish coast

Germany/Poland

Germany/Poland

Mainland Denmark and its islands occupy most of this mostly cloud-free image of northern Europe, with parts of northern Germany (below), northwestern Poland (lower right) and southern Sweden (top right) also visible.

The first close-up focuses on the Szczecin Lagoon in the Oder Estuary, on the border between Germany and Poland. It is separated from the Pomeranian Bay of the Baltic Sea by the islands of Usedom and Wolin.

Returning westward, Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland and 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand (Sjælland) and Funen (Fyn). The total coastline, including that of all the islands, is 7,314 kilometres (4,544 mi) long.

The second close-up focuses on the coast of the Jutland Peninsula, including the east and west coasts and the Danish and German territory. The Elbe River can be seen near the base of the peninsula, spilling greyish-brown sediments past the German city of Hamburg into the North Sea.

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