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Lake Geneva by the Chablais and Bernese Alps

46.4N 6.5E

October 24th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Below the snow-dusted Swiss Alps lie (from lower left to upper right) Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. All are located entirely in Switzerland except for Lake Geneva, which is also shared by France.

Lake Geneva, the largest lake in the image,  lies along the Rhône River. It has an alpine character and is bordered by the Chablais Alps along its southern shore, while the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

It is the largest natural freshwater lake in western Europe (with a surface area of 582 km²) and the largest body of freshwater in continental Europe in terms of volume (89 km³).

The crescent shape of Lake Geneva, formed by a withdrawing glacier, narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west.

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