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Loughs Ree and Derg Along the River Shannon, Ireland

53.2N 9W

February 25th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Ireland - February 21st, 2010

Ireland - February 21st, 2010

Several bodies of water are visible in this orthorectified image of Ireland: Lough Ree (top) and Lough Derg (bottom) appear black, while Galway Bay (left edge) appears medium grey. On the northern shores of the bay is the city of Galway, while the mountains and hills along the southern shore are part of the Burren, a karst landscape.

Lough Ree is a lake in the midlands of Ireland, the second of the three major lakes on the River Shannon. Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the Shannon after Lough Derg. The lake serves as a border between the counties of Longford and Westmeath (both in the province of Leinster) on the eastern side and County Roscommon in the province of Connacht on the western side.

Lough Derg (from the Irish: Loch Deirgeirt meaning “loch of the red eye”) is the third-largest lake (or lough) in Ireland (after Lough Neagh and Lough Corrib) and the largest along the River Shannon. It is a long, relatively narrow lake, with shores in counties North Tipperary (to the east), Galway (north-west), and Clare (south-west). At its deepest, the lake is 36 metres deep and covers an area of 118 kmĀ² (45.5 sq miles).

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