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Islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Vis Off the Coast of Croatia

43.1N 16.4E

March 19th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Several islands are visible in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia in this orthorectified image. The three largest, from top to bottom on the right side, are: Brač, Hvar and Korčula, with the smaller island of Vis also visible towards the left side.

Brač is an island with an area of 396 km², making it the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. Its tallest peak, Vidova Gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 778 m, making it the highest island point in the Adriatic.

Hvar lies between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Approximately 68 km (42.25 mi) long, with a high east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs.

Korčula has an area of 279 km2 (108 sq mi); 46.8 km (29.1 mi) long and on average 7.8 km (4.8 mi) wide. It is the sixth largest Adriatic island with a rather indented coast. It belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago, and lies just off the Dalmatian coast, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by the narrow strait of Pelješac. The highest peaks are Klupca, 568 m (1,860 ft) above sea level and Kom, 510 m (1,700 ft) high.

Dinaric Alps and Krka River in the Balkans

43.8N 16.5E

February 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 18th, 2010

Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 18th, 2010

The Krka River, which flows more or less diagonally across part of this orthorectified image, is found in Croatia’s Dalmatia region. It has a length of about 73 km, and is famous for its numerous waterfalls.

The river has its source near the border of Croatia with Bosnia and Herzegovina (identifiable near the beginning of the mountainous terrain), at the foot of Dinara Mountain. It flows past Knin in Inner Dalmatia towards the south and enters the lake Prokljansko Jezero near Skradin.

Dinara is one of the more prominent mountains located on the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is best known for the fact that its name is the base for the name of a large mountain chain called the Dinaric Alps or Dinarides. The Dinarides are known for being composed of karst — limestone rocks — as is the mountain that named them.

Dinara itself spans from the Derala mountain pass (965 m) in the northwest to the Privija pass (1230 m) which is 20 km to the southeast, where Kamešnica Mountain begins. Dinara Mountain is up to 10 km wide. The highest peaks are Troglav (“Threehead”, 1913 m) and Dinara (1831 m).

The Coast of Croatia, from Istria to Dalmatia – May 21st, 2009

45.1N 13.9E

May 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Coast of Croatia - May 17th, 2009

Coast of Croatia - May 17th, 2009

The diverse geography of Croatia includes rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea, from Istria, along the Northern Seacoast, to Dalmatia.

Part of the Istrian peninsula is visible at the far left. Its terrain consists of a limestone plateau, much of which lacks water owing to its karst topography. Its northeastern section is an extension of the Dinaric Alps.

Moving to the right, the Kvarner Gulf, a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea, can be seen between the Istrian peninsula and the Northern Seacoast.

The main islands within the Kvarner are Cres, Krk, Pag, Rab and Lošinj. The main portion of the Kvarner is that between the mainland, Cres and Krk. A smaller body of water located between Cres, Krk, Rab and Pag is called Kvarnerić (“the little Kvarner”).

Continuing down the coastline, part of Dalmatia is visible. On the coasts the climate is Mediterranean, with increasingly milder winters as one moves south.

There is evergreen vegetation on the coast, although during the centuries many woods have been cut down and replaced with bush and brush.

The Rocky Coast and Offshore Islands of Croatia

February 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia is a Central European country at the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Croatia borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the far southeast.

Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic Sea, and it also shares a sea border with Italy in the Gulf of Trieste.

Its terrain is diverse, including plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental north and northeast (Central Croatia and Slavonia, part of the Pannonian Basin), visible at the top.

Towards the center, the terrain consists of densely wooded mountains in Lika and Gorski Kotar, part of the Dinaric Alps, covered with snow in the image.

Finally, the terrain includes rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea (Istria, Northern Seacoast and Dalmatia), visible in varying shades of brown towards the bottom.

Many islands can also be seen off the rocky coasts, as offshore Croatia consists of over one thousand islands varying in size. The largest islands in Croatia are Cres and Krk, which are located in the Adriatic Sea.