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The Greek-Albanian Coast and the Prespa Lakes

March 31st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Albania - March 27th, 2009

Albania - March 27th, 2009

The Greek island of Corfu is visible in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Albania near the border with Greece. It is separated from the mainland by straits varying in breadth from 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 mi).

The area near the Greek-Albanian border is mountainous. Here, many ridges are covered with bright white snow. Moving north up the Albanian coast, several rivers spill sediments into the sea, creating tan and green trails in the deep blue waters.  To the south, the Greek coast is relatively clear.

Further inland, towards the top center part of the image, are two lakes: the Great Prespa Lake and the Small Prespa lake. These freshwater lakes are shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).

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