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Ships in Hakata Bay, Japan

33.5N 130.4E

April 27th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Japan - January 14th, 2012

Visible in the lower left quadrant of this orthorectified image is Hakata Bay, located in the northwestern part of Fukuoka city, on the Japanese island of Kyūshū. It faces the Tsushima Strait, and features beaches and a port, though parts of the bay have been reclaimed in the expansion of the city of Fukuoka. The Bay is defined by Shoal Umi-no-nakamichi and Tombolo Shika-no-shima (Shika Island) to the north, and Genkai-jima (Genkai Island) to the northwest, and the Itoshima Peninsula to the west.

The bay is roughly 10 km from north to south, and 20 km from east to west, covering an area of roughly 133 km². The coastline stretches 128 km. The mouth of the bay is only 7.7 km wide, shielding it to a great extent from the waves of the Strait. The bay is only 10 metres deep on average, 23 m at its deepest point, though the tides bring a two metre change in the water level. Set routes are used, therefore, through the bay, to protect ships’ drafts. Several ships can be observed in the bay upon opening the full image, appearing as small white dots.

Varanger Fjord in Norway Near Russian Border

70.0N 29.6E

December 14th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Russia and Norway - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Varanger Fjord (Varangerfjorden in Norwegian), left, a vast bay of the Barents Sea, near the border with Russia. It is approximately 100 kilometres (60 mi) long. In a strict sense, it is a false fjord, as it does not have the hallmarks of a fjord carved by glaciers.

The Varangerfjord in the county of Finnmark, is the easternmost fjord in Norway. Its mouth, between the city of Vardø in the north and Grense Jacobselv – near Kirkenes – in the south, is about 70 kilometres (40 mi) wide. The fjord stretches westwards inland to Varangerbotn in the municipality of Nesseby.

Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, Scotland

58.9N 2.9W

November 28th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows some of the Orkney Islands, an archipelago in northern Scotland, situated 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness. Orkney comprises approximately 70 islands of which 20 are inhabited.

The largest island, known as the “Mainland” (partially visible along the left edge in the lower left quadrant) has an area of 523.25 square kilometres (202.03 sq mi) making it the sixth largest Scottish island and the tenth-largest island in the British Isles. The largest settlement and administrative centre is Kirkwall, visible as a bright white area in the lower left quadrant.

The islands are mainly low-lying except for some sharply rising sandstone hills on Hoy, Mainland and Rousay and rugged cliffs on some western coasts. Nearly all of the islands have lochs, but the watercourses are merely streams draining the high land. The coastlines are indented, and the islands themselves are divided from each other by straits generally called “sounds” or “firths”.

Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire, Wales

51.7N 5W

November 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Milford Haven Waterway (Welsh: Aberdaugleddyf), lower left quadrant, a natural harbour in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. As one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, it is a busy shipping channel; some ships and docks can be observed inside it upon opening the full image.

The Haven is a ria or drowned valley flooded at the end of the last Ice Age. It is formed by the Pembroke River and the Daugleddau estuary, and winds west to the sea. The Daugleddau estuary is formed by the Eastern and Western Cleddau Rivers.

Isle of Anglesey and Caernarfon Bay, Wales

53.2N 4.3W

November 20th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Anglesey (above), also known by its Welsh name Ynys Môn, an island and, as Isle of Anglesey, a county off the north west coast of Wales. With an area of 720 square kilometres (278 sq mi), Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, the sixth largest surrounding the island of Great Britain, and the largest island in the Irish Sea ahead of the Isle of Man.

Visible below is Caernarfon Bay (occasionally Caernarvon Bay), an inlet of the Irish Sea defined by the Llŷn peninsula and Anglesey. The gentle coastline surrounding it is home to villages including Nefyn, Trefor, and Clynnog Fawr on the mainland, and Aberffraw, Llanddwyn and Rhosneigr on Anglesey. The Menai Strait heads north east to link the bay to Conwy Bay.