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Corfu and the Border Zone of Albania, Greece and Macedonia

39.6N 19.9E

September 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Albania, Greece and Macedonia - July 26th, 2009

Albania, Greece and Macedonia - July 26th, 2009

Sun glint off the Ionian Sea highlights the movement of its waters around the Greek island of Corfu. This large island is located off the shores of southern Albania and northwestern Greece. The terrain of these two countries along the sea, as well as that of the landlocked Republic of Macedonia (upper right quadrant), occupies the rest of the image.

More precisely, the northern part of Corfu lies off the coast of Sarandë, Albania, from which it is separated by straits varying in breadth from 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 mi). The island’s southern part lies off the coast of Thesprotia, Greece.

Inland, much of the landscape is mountainous. The lakes visible above center are Lake Ohrid, straddling the mountainous border between the southwestern region Macedonia and eastern Albania, and Prespa Lakes, shared by Greece, Albania, and Macedonia.

The body of water visible on the far right edge is actually part of the Aegean Sea, which borders Greece on its eastern side.

Ionian Islands, Greece

38.1N 20.5E

September 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greece - July 27th, 2009

Greece - July 27th, 2009

The Ionian Islands, off the coast of mainland Greece, include seven principal islands and many smaller ones as well.  The seven are, from north to south Corfu (called Kerkyra in Greek), Paxos (Paxi), Lefkas (Lefkada), Ithaca (Ithaki), Cephalonia (Kefallonia), Zante (Zakynthos) and Cerigo (Kythira).

The six northern islands are off the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea. The seventh island, Cerigo, is off the southern tip of the Peloponnesus, the southern part of the Greek mainland. This image focuses on Lefkas, Ithaca, Cephalonia and Zante.

Here, phytoplankton flanks most of the western coastline of Lefkas and a smaller area off the northwestern shore of Cephalonia, creating a bright cyan color in the water.

The Greek-Albanian Coast and the Prespa Lakes

March 31st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Albania - March 27th, 2009

Albania - March 27th, 2009

The Greek island of Corfu is visible in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Albania near the border with Greece. It is separated from the mainland by straits varying in breadth from 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 mi).

The area near the Greek-Albanian border is mountainous. Here, many ridges are covered with bright white snow. Moving north up the Albanian coast, several rivers spill sediments into the sea, creating tan and green trails in the deep blue waters.  To the south, the Greek coast is relatively clear.

Further inland, towards the top center part of the image, are two lakes: the Great Prespa Lake and the Small Prespa lake. These freshwater lakes are shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).