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Canals and Dikes in the Netherlands

52.6N 5.3E

December 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

The Netherlands - December 19th, 2010

The full version of this APM image stretches from the West Frisian Islands (top), a chain of islands in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands, across the Wadden Sea to the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer, and finally to a series of almost parallel rivers.

The IJsselmer and Markermeer are large, shallow lakes, separated by dikes. The dikes appear as thin, light green lines in this image. Inland, canals also appear as thin, light green lines.

The eastern part of the city of Amsterdam can be observed as a bright green area in the full image at the edge of the Markermeer, on the Amstel River. The three other rivers to the south of the lakes and Amsterdam are (from north to south): the Lek River, Waal River and Maas River.

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