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Lake Scutari and Lake Ohrid, Balkan Peninsula – April 15th, 2009

April 15th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Albania - April 9th, 2009

Albania - April 9th, 2009

Lake Scutari, also called Lake Skadar and Lake Shkodër, is a lake on the border of Montenegro andAlbania. It is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula; two-thirds are located in Montenegro.

Its surface, 6 m (20 ft) above sea level, can vary between 370 km² (142.9 sq mi) and 530 km² (204.6 sq mi).

The lake is a cryptodepression, filled by the Morača River and drained into the Adriatic by the 41 km (25 mi) long Bojana River, which forms the international border on the lower half of its length.

Another body of water, Lake Ohrid, is visible to the southeast of Lake Scutari. Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern region of the Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania.

Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288 m (940 ft) and a mean depth of 155 m (508 ft). It covers an area of 358 km² (138 sq mi), containing an estimated 55.4 km³ of water. It is 30.4 km long by 14.8 km wide at its maximum extent with a shoreline length of 87.53 km.

Greece: Diverse Landscape, Diverse Climate – March 14th, 2009

March 14th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Greece - March 9th, 2009

Greece - March 9th, 2009

The country of Greece and its numerous islands are located in southern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan peninsula.

Greece is surrounded on the north by Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania; to the west by the Ionian Sea; to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the east by the Aegean Sea and Turkey.

Sediments can be seen flowing into the seas from Greece’s rivers, particularly those with mouths along the Ionian Sea (top left).

The country consists of a large mainland; the Peloponnese, a peninsula connected to the southern tip of the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth; and around 3000 islands, including Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades. Greece has 15000 kilometres (9300 miles) of coastline.

The country’s range in latitude means it has considerable climatic variation. Its climate is divided into three classes: a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers), an alpine climate (found in the higher altitudes), and a temperate climate (cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers).