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West Frisian Islands Separating Wadden and North Seas, the Netherlands

53.0N 5.1E

December 10th, 2010 Category: Lakes

The Netherlands - December 8th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the West Frisian Islands, a chain of islands in the North Sea off the Dutch coast. They belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The islands shield the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (between the islands and the mainland), large parts of which fall dry during low tide, from the North Sea (above and left). Two other bodies of waters connected to the Wadden Sea can be observed here: the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer.

The IJsselmeer appears various shades of grey and black, and is partially frozen. The Markermeer, connected to the IJsselmeer and best observed at the bottom of the full image, also appears partially frozen. Both lakes are shallow, the former about 5 to 6 meters in depth and the latter about 3 to 5 meters in depth.

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