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Condensation Trails Over Northern Florida, USA

29.6N 82.2W

January 16th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes

USA - December 29th, 2010

The Florida Peninsula stretches across this image, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Inland, a notable body of water is Lake Okeechobee, appearing brownish in color towards the southern tip of the peninsula.

At the northern end of the peninsula, by the border with Georgia, many condensation trails (or contrails) can be seen criss-crossing the skies. These series of lines are vapor trails from passing aircraft.

Condensation Trails Over Texas

February 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Condensation trails over Mexico - February 9th, 2009

Condensation trails over Mexico - February 9th, 2009

Condensation trails slice through the atmosphere above Texas, USA, near the border with Mexico. Their dark shadows are also visible on the ground below.

Part of the Amistad National Recreation Area, including the confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos Rivers, as well as the Amistad Reservoir, can be seen in the bottom left corner.

Contrails and Snow-Capped Alps in Europe – September 22nd, 2011

45.2N 10.3E

September 22nd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - September 21st, 2011

This image focuses on Italy, with neighbors France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia also partially visible (clockwise from left). The islands of Corsica (France, above) and Sardinia (Italy, below) can also be observed in the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the most striking features of this image are the snow-capped Alps, with lakes such as Lake Garda (center) and Lake Geneva (left) at their feet. The Adriatic Coast of Italy is lined with green sediments. Also of note are the series of condensation trails (contrails) from passing airplanes that have left a criss-crossed set of lines in the air over the sea.

Sebago Lake and Penobscot Bay in Maine, USA

44.1N 68.9W

April 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - March 5th, 2010

Canada - March 5th, 2010

Sebago Lake (lower left quadrant) is the deepest and second largest lake in the USA state of Maine, in Cumberland County. The lake is 316 feet (96 m) deep at its deepest point, with a mean depth of 101 feet (31 m), covers about 45 square miles (117 km2) in surface area, and has a length of 12 miles (19 km) and a shoreline length of 105 miles (169 km). The surface is around 270 feet (82 m) above sea level, so the deep bottom is below the present sea level.

Moving to the east towards Canada, following the condensation trails that run parallel to the shoreline, one comes to Penobscot Bay, Maine. Named after the major river that feeds it, this bay area forms part of the traditional homeland of the Wabanaki Indians, in particular the Penobscot tribe (also named after this river).