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The Wasatch Mountains, USA

41.1N 112.6W

July 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

USA - June 24th, 2009

USA - June 24th, 2009

Areas of four states in the USA are visible in this image, which focuses on the Great Salt Lake and Desert, near the center.

The mountains and golden brown land in the upper right quadrant are part of the state of Wyoming, while the greener land in the upper left quadrant belongs to Idaho.

Below, the arid area along the lower left edge is part of Nevada, while the rest of the terrain moving eastward up to the lower right edge belongs to Utah.

The image is virtually divided in two by the Wasatch Range, a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah- Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States.

It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region.

Flinders Ranges: South Australia’s Largest Mountains

31.4S 138.7E

June 25th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - June 23rd, 2009

Australia - June 23rd, 2009

This swirled, almost paisley, brown design over Australia’s red terrain is actually a series of mountains known as the Flinders Ranges.

They are South Australia’s largest mountain range, situated approximately 400 km north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430 km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.

The interesting pattern visible from space was caused by sediments deposited in a large basin that the folded and faulted over time, creating the ranges. Today, these ranges are relatively low, due to erosion.

Two salt lakes, which are usually dry salt pans, are also visible near the ranges: Lake Torrens, to the west, and Lake Frome, to the east.

Russian and Latvian Landscapes

May 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

While the landscape to the North, in Finland (top left) and Russia (right) is dusted with snow, the southern portion of the image, including Latvia (bottom left) is clear. Estonia (center left) is partially veiled by clouds.

The northern and eastern shores of Lake Ladoga in Russia (top) are ringed by ice. It drains into the Gulf of Finland (left) via the Neva River. The city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is located between the two, on the banks of the Neva.

Further southwest, the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea, is visible between Estonia and Latvia. It has an area of about 18,000 kmĀ² and a maximum depth of 54 meters.

Latvia itself is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and lies on the East European Plain. However in vegetation it is much different than the rest of the plain and shares many similarities with the boreal biome. It consists of fertile, low-lying plains, largely covered by forest, mostly pines.

Lakes and Mountains near Eastern USA-Canada Border

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada - April 13th, 2009

Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada - April 13th, 2009

Southeastern Canada remains dusted with snow while the northeastern United States are snow free in this spring image.

Lake Ontario and its nearby Finger Lakes are visible left of the center, while the eastern tip of Lake Huron is visible on the edge of the image.

Moving over to the coast, the hook-shaped Cape Cod area in Massachusetts, USA is visible at the far right. To the south, Long Island is situated just off the coast, with New York City at its western tip.

Between Lake Ontario and Cape Cod, to the North, is Lake Champlain, a natural, freshwater lake located mainly within the states of Vermont and New York, USA, but partially situated across the US-Canada border in the Canadian province of Quebec.

East of Lake Champlain, a white trail runs North to South. This is the snow-capped peaks of the Green Mountains, in Vermont. The range, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains, extends approximately 400 km (250 mi) and has five peaks over 4,000 feet.

Kangaroo Island, Australia

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Kangaroo Island, bottom left, is Australia’s third largest island – after Tasmania and Melville Island.

Kangaroo Island is located at the entrance to Gulf Saint Vincent. At its closest point to the mainland, it is 13 kilometres (8 mi) offshore from Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula (just below center) in the state of South Australia.

The island is 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide, visible as a greenish-grey area on the east coast of Gulf Saint Vincent. The bright green lake further east is Lake Alexandrina.

Kangaroo Island is separated from Yorke Peninsula (left) to the northwest by Investigator Strait and from Cape Jervis to the northeast by the Backstairs Passage.

The island is 150 km (93 mi) long and between 900 m (980 yd) and 57 km (35 mi) wide, its area covering 4,405 km2 (1,701 sq mi). Its coastline is 540 km long and highest altitude is 307 m (1,010 ft).

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