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Munich and Nearby Lakes by the Bavarian Alps, Germany

48.1N 11.5E

May 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, Germany, is visible as a grey area (upper left quadrant) on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Several lakes are also visible nearby, including Ammersee and Lake Starnberg to the southwest and Chiemsee to the southeast.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.

Munich lies on the elevated plains of Upper Bavaria, about 50 km north of the northern edge of the Alps, at an altitude of about 520 m (1,706.04 ft) ASL. The city is situated in the Northern Alpine Foreland. The northern part of this sandy plateau includes a highly fertile flint area which is no longer affected by the folding processes found in the Alps, while the southern part is covered with morainic hills.

Salzburg at the Foot of the Alps, Austria

47.8N 13.0E

January 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Salzburg, visible at the foot of the Alps in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image, is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps.

The mountains to Salzburg’s south contrast with the rolling plains to the north. The closest alpine peak– the 1972 m Untersberg– is only a few kilometers from the city center. The Altstadt, or “old town”, is surrounded by two smaller mountains, the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, which act as the “green” lungs of the city.

Visible to the west, across the German border is the Chiemsee, a freshwater lake in Bavaria between Rosenheim, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. It is often called the Bavarian Sea. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien flow into the lake, and the river Alz flows out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee, and the Inselsee, in the southwest.

Lake Constance at the Northern Foot of the Alps – October 31st, 2009

47.5N 9.4E

October 31st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Lake Constance (in German, Bodensee) is a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps. It consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (“upper lake”), the Untersee (“lower lake”), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called the Seerhein.

The lake is situated in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps. Specifically, its shorelines lie in the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, and the Swiss cantons of Thurgau and St. Gallen. The Rhine flows into it from the south.

The freshwater lake sits at 395 m above sea level and is Central Europe’s third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is 63 km long, and at its widest point, nearly 14 km. It covers approximately 571 km² (208 mi²) of total area. The greatest depth is 252 m in the middle of the eastern part (Obersee). Its volume is approximately 55 km³.

Bavarian Lakes at the Foot of the Alps, Germany

March 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lakes near Alps, Germany - March 1st, 2009

Lakes near Alps, Germany - March 1st, 2009

Two lakes in southern Bavaria, Germany, are visible amidst the snow at the foot of the Alps. The green area free of snow, to their right, is the city of Munich.

Lake Starnberg (in German: Starnberger See), the lake closer to the mountains, is Germany’s fourth largest lake and a popular recreation area for the nearby city of Munich.

The lake, which was created by ice age glaciers from the Alps, extends 21 km (14 miles) from north to south and has a width of 3-5 km (2-3.5 miles) from east to west.

It has a single, small island, the Roseninsel, and a single outlet, the Würm river (because of this river the lake was called the Würmsee until 1962). Its major inflow comes from a chain of small lakes in the south, Osterseen.

Northwest of Lake Starnberg lies Ammersee, one of the five largest lakes in Germany. It has a surface area of approximately 47 km2, is located at an elevation of 520 m, and has a maximum depth of 81 m.

Like other Bavarian lakes, Ammersee developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting. Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer which flows as Amper out of the lake.