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Smoky Haze and Contrails Over France

43.5N 4.8E

August 23rd, 2012 Category: Clouds, Fires

France – August 21st, 2012

Smoke from fires in Europe creates a grey veil over parts of France in this image. Also of note are a series of criss-crossed contrails over southern France and the Gulf of Lion. Contrails, also known as condensation trails or vapor trails, are long, thin, artificial clouds that sometimes form behind aircraft.

Lakes Balaton and Neusiedl, Hungary

46.8N 17.7E

May 11th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Hungary - May 8th, 2012

Visible in the lower half of this image is the light greenish-blue Lake Balaton, a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. The region by the northern shores is mountainous, while the land by the southern shores is flat.

Visible to its northwest is the tan Lake Neusiedl, the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km², of which 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. The lake’s drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km². From north to south, the lake is about 36 km long, and it is between 6 km and 12 km wide from east to west.

Lake Geneva at the Foot of the Alps, Western Europe

46.4N 6.5E

January 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Western Europe - December 26th, 2011

The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow in this winter image focusing on Italy, France and Switzerland. Visible at the foot of the Alps on the Swiss-French border is Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Just under 60% of the lake is in Swiss territory, and just over 40% in French territory.

Lake Geneva, formed by a retreating glacier, has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided figuratively into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

Cloud of Ash Spewing from Iceland’s Grimsvotn Volcano – May 26th, 2011

64.4N 17.3W

May 26th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Iceland - May 23rd, 2011

This image shows a cloud of ash spewing from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano, a vision reminiscent of the 2010 eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (click here for previous articles). The Grimsvotn volcano is located under the Vatnajokull glacier in the Vatnajokull National Park – the biggest national park in Europe.

Although the eruption temporarily affected European air travel, with about 700 flights cancelled in Germany on Wednesday, air traffic is now operating normally. In Iceland, clean up of the ash has begun, and all major roads have been reopened.

Snow Covering Central and Eastern France

45.7N 2.9E

January 1st, 2011 Category: Mountains

France - December 26th, 2010

Snow blankets much of central and eastern France in this image taken during the late December blizzards that affected much of Europe. Here, it covers the Massif Central, and in the full image can be seen extending eastward to Switzerland and northern Italy.

Snow can also be seen atop the Pyrenees (bottom) and the Alps (right side of full image), as one might expect. The land near the coast, however, remains clear. This is true on the western coast, by the Gironde Estuary and cities such as Bordeaux and Nantes, and along the southern coast, by cities such as Marseilles.