Rivers and Canals Across Central Netherlands52.0N 5.1E
Several rivers and numerous canals flow across this image of the central part of the Netherlands, interconnecting the many white populated areas that speckle the landscape. Of note is the city of Utrecht, near the top center.
Running horizontally across the center of the image are, from top to bottom, the Lek River, the Boven Merwede River and the Mergse Maas canal.
The Lek is about 60 km in length. It is the continuation of the Nederrijn after the Kromme Rijn branches off at the town of Wijk bij Duurstede. Portions of the river form the boundary between the provinces of Utrecht and Gelderland, and between Utrecht and South Holland.
At the center of the left edge, several bodies of water appear to merge. This is the wetlands area of De Biesbosch, one of the largest national parks of the Netherlands and one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe. The Biesbosch consists of a rather large network of rivers and smaller and larger creeks with islands.