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Bay of Greifswald and Bay of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea, Germany and Poland

53.8N 14.3E

May 7th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Two large bays are visible in this image of northern Germany and the Baltic Sea: the Bay of Greifswald (upper left) and the Bay of Szczecin (center).

The Bay of Greifswald, with an area of 514 km², is the largest Bodden of the German Baltic coast. It has a heavily indented coastline, making it a bay of bays. It is also quite shallow, with an average depth of 5.6 m, and a maximum depth of 13.5 m.

The Bay of Szczecin (also called the Szczecin Lagoon and Oder lagoon, is a lagoon in the Oder estuary, shared by Germany and Poland. The lagoon is subdivided into the Kleines Haff (“small lagoon”) in the West and the Wielki Zalew (“great lagoon”) in the East.

The lagoon covers an area of 687 km², its natural depth is in average 3.8 meters, and 8.5 meters at maximum. The depth of shipping channels however can exceed 10.5 meters. Thus, the lagoon holds about 2.58 km3 of water.

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