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Kaliningrad Between Curonian and Vistula Lagoons, Russia

54.7N 20.5E

April 24th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Russia - January 4th, 2012

Visible near the shoreline in this wide-swath ASAR image is Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave of Russia surrounded by Lithuania, Poland, and the Baltic Sea. Notable geographical features include: the Curonian Lagoon (shared with Lithuania, above) and the Vistula Lagoon (shared with Poland, below). Visible inland between the two lagoons is Kaliningrad, the administrative center and major city of the oblast.

Ice on Bays of the Baltic Sea – April 2nd, 2011

57.3N 22.2E

April 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Baltic Sea - March 23rd, 2011

Snow dusts the terrain of Estonia (top right) and parts of Latvia (center), while most of Lithuania (lower right), Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast and coastal Poland (bottom) are snow-free. Visible near the left edge is the island of Gotland, part of Sweden. It is the largest island in the Baltic Sea, with an area of 2,994 km².

Ice can be seen in the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Estonia with a maximum depth of 67 m. Ice is also present in the Curonian Lagoon, on the coast of Lithuania, and in a small section of the Vistula Lagoon, on the coast of Kaliningrad Oblast and Poland.

Baltic Coastline of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia

April 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Baltic Coast - April 19th, 2009

Baltic Coast - April 19th, 2009

The Baltic coastline of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia (from bottom to top) is visible on the left side of this image. In the upper left quadrant, near Lativa, several condensation trails from airplanes can be seen over the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga.

The Polish Baltic coast is approximately 528 kilometres (328 mi) long, although only the eastern part of the coastline can be seen here. It extends from Świnoujście on the islands of Usedom and Wolin in the west to Krynica Morska on the Vistula Spit in the east.

For the most part, Poland has a smooth coastline, which has been shaped by the continual movement of sand by currents and winds from west to east. This continual erosion and deposition has formed cliffs, dunes, and spits, many of which have migrated landwards to close off former lagoons.

Moving northwards, Lithuania has around 99 kilometres (61.5 mi) of sandy coastline, of which only about 38 kilometres (24 mi) face the open Baltic Sea and which is the shortest among the Baltic Sea countries.

The rest of the coast is sheltered by the Curonian sand peninsula. Lithuania’s major warm-water port, Klaipėda, lies at the narrow mouth of the Curonian Lagoon, a shallow lagoon extending south to Kaliningrad.

Lagoons by the Baltic Sea, in Poland, Russia and Lithuania

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Baltic Sea, Poland and Lithuania - March 1st, 2009

Baltic Sea, Poland and Lithuania - March 1st, 2009

Detail of shoreline

Detail of shoreline

The Baltic Sea is a brackish inland sea located in Northern Europe, bounded by the Scandinavian Peninsula, the mainland of Europe, and the Danish islands.

The close-up focuses on the coasts of Poland (bottom left) and Lithuania (top right), with the Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave of Russia, between them.

Here, two lagoons can be observed: the Curonian Lagoon and the Vistula Lagoon. Parts of both are covered with snow and ice.

The Curonian Lagoon is separated from the Baltic Sea by the Curonian Spit. At the northern end of the spit, there is a passage to the Baltic Sea.

The Vistula Lagoon is a fresh water lagoon on the Baltic Sea separated from Gdańsk Bay by the Vistula Spit. The lagoon is a mouth of a few branches of the Vistula River, notably the Nogat, and the Pregolya Rivers. It is connected to Gdańsk Bay by the Strait of Baltiysk. Kaliningrad and Baltiysk are currently major seaports on the lagoon.