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Kvarner Gulf, Croatia

December 30th, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - December 9th, 2008

Croatia - December 9th, 2008

The Kvarner Gulf is a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea, located between the Istrian peninsula (left) and the northern Croatian seacoast.

The bay is notable for its depth, which allows for the city of Rijeka, at its northernmost point, visible in white along the shoreline near the top, to have a sea port that can handle large ships such as tankers. Several ships are visible near the port in the image.

Several islands are visible offshore, the largest of which are Cres (left),  Krk (center), Rab (right) and Pag (lower right).

The main portion of the Kvarner Bay is that between the mainland, Cres and Krk. A smaller body of water located between Cres, Krk, Rab and Pag is called Kvarnerić (the little Kvarner).

Thanks to the radar imaging, it is possible to see the water currents in the bay.

Cres and Krk are the largest Adriatic islands, with an area of 405.78 km². Krk is the most populous one, with numerous towns and villages totalling 17,860 (2001).

Although Pab is the fifth largest island on the Croatian coast in terms of area, it is the one with the longest coastline.

Rab is particular because whilte the northeastern side of the island is mostly barren, the southwestern side is covered by one of the oak forests of the Mediterranean.

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