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Loughs Ree and Derg Along the River Shannon, Ireland

53.2N 9W

February 25th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Ireland - February 21st, 2010

Ireland - February 21st, 2010

Several bodies of water are visible in this orthorectified image of Ireland: Lough Ree (top) and Lough Derg (bottom) appear black, while Galway Bay (left edge) appears medium grey. On the northern shores of the bay is the city of Galway, while the mountains and hills along the southern shore are part of the Burren, a karst landscape.

Lough Ree is a lake in the midlands of Ireland, the second of the three major lakes on the River Shannon. Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the Shannon after Lough Derg. The lake serves as a border between the counties of Longford and Westmeath (both in the province of Leinster) on the eastern side and County Roscommon in the province of Connacht on the western side.

Lough Derg (from the Irish: Loch Deirgeirt meaning “loch of the red eye”) is the third-largest lake (or lough) in Ireland (after Lough Neagh and Lough Corrib) and the largest along the River Shannon. It is a long, relatively narrow lake, with shores in counties North Tipperary (to the east), Galway (north-west), and Clare (south-west). At its deepest, the lake is 36 metres deep and covers an area of 118 kmĀ² (45.5 sq miles).

Condensation Trails and Phytoplankton off Irish Coast

53.7N 9.5W

May 25th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Ireland - May 12th, 2009

Ireland - May 12th, 2009

Thick condensation trails from airplanes streak over the ocean west of Ireland. Below, partially obscured by the trails, is part of a phytoplankton bloom.

Some western areas of the traditional province of Connacht can be seen to the right. In the full image, the western coast of the province of Ulster is visible as well.

One interesting feature along the Connacht coast is Clew Bay (right of center). According to tradition, there are 365 islands in the bay: one for every day of the year.

Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, and the mountains of North Mayo.