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Smoke from Balkan Fires West of Carpathian Mountains

42.3N 20.1E

September 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Mountains

Europe – September 2nd, 2012

Smoke from fires in the Balkans blows northward over Europe. Visible to the east of the cloud of smoke is the distinctive green, backwards S-shape of the Carpathian Mountains, which run through the Czech Republic in the northwest, through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine, to Romania in the east and on to the Iron Gates on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia in the south.

City of Prague on the Vltava River, Czech Republic

50.0N 14.4E

March 25th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Czech Republic - February 18th, 2010

Czech Republic - February 18th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the city of Prague on the Vltava River in the centre of the Bohemian Basin in the Czech Republic. Similar to Rome, the city of Prague is spread over many hills.

The Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic, running north from its source in Šumava through Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, and Prague (Praha), merging with the Elbe (Labe) at Mělník.

It is 430 km long and drains about 28,090 km2; at their confluence the Vltava actually has more water than the Elbe, but joins the Elbe at a right angle to its flow so that it appears a mere tributary.

Prague and the River Vltava, Czech Republic

50.0N 14.4E

July 19th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Prague, Czech Republic - July 10th, 2009

Prague, Czech Republic - July 10th, 2009

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million.

Prague is situated along the River Vltava in the center of the Bohemian basin and spread over nine hills. In this orthorectified image, the path of the river is clearly seen, particularly where it bisects the white color of the city.

The Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic, with a length of 430 km a drainage area of about 28,090 km2. It runs north from its source in Šumava, through Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, and Prague, and merges with the River Elbe at Mělník.

The Mouth of the River Elbe, Germany – May 18th, 2009

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May 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Mouth of River Elbe, Germany - May 12th, 2009

Mouth of River Elbe, Germany - May 12th, 2009

The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe, with a total length of 1,094 kilometres (680 mi). It originates in the Krkonose Mountains of northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia (Czech Republic), then Germany.

Shortly after crossing the Czech-German frontier, and passing through the sandstone defiles of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the stream assumes a north-westerly direction, which on the whole it preserves right to the North Sea.

The river rolls through Dresden and finally, beyond Meißen, enters on its long journey across the North German Plain passing along the former border of East Germany.

Along its course, it takes on the waters of the Mulde and Saale from the west, and those of the Schwarze Elster, Havel and Elde from the east.

It finally flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, close to Hamburg. Its mouth is visible here, discharging dark brown sediments  into the sea.

Hungary’s Lake Balaton, Central and Eastern Europe

April 6th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Central and Eastern Europe - April 2nd, 2009

Central and Eastern Europe - April 2nd, 2009

Much of Central and Eastern Europe is visible here, including Germany (left), Poland (upper right), the Czech Republic (center), Slovakia (center right), Austria (lower left) and Hungary (lower right).

Standing out amidst the dark green and brown landscape, just east of the snow-capped Alps, is the bright green Lake Balaton.

Lake Balaton, located in Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe. Due to Hungary being landlocked, it is often affectionately called the “Hungarian Sea”.

The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.

With a surface area of 592 km² has a length of 77 km and a width ranging from 4 to 14 km. The lake’s surface is 104 m above sea level, and its depth varies up to 12.2 m (mean depth is 3.2 m).

Lake Balaton affects the local area precipitation per annum. The area receives approximately two to three inches (5-7 cm) more precipitation than most of Hungary, resulting in more cloudy days, and less extreme temperatures. The lake’s surface freezes during colder winters.