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Lake Geneva at the Foot of the Alps, Western Europe

46.4N 6.5E

January 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Western Europe - December 26th, 2011

The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow in this winter image focusing on Italy, France and Switzerland. Visible at the foot of the Alps on the Swiss-French border is Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Just under 60% of the lake is in Swiss territory, and just over 40% in French territory.

Lake Geneva, formed by a retreating glacier, has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided figuratively into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

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