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Vistula Lagoon on the Baltic Sea, Poland and Russia

54.3N 19.5E

May 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Poland and Russia - April 28th, 2010

Poland and Russia - April 28th, 2010

The Vistula Lagoon is a fresh water lagoon on the Baltic Sea separated from Gdańsk Bay by the Vistula Spit. It is sometimes known as the Vistula Bay or Vistula Gulf.

The lagoon is a mouth of a few branches of the Vistula River, notably the Nogat, and the Pregolya River. It is connected to Gdańsk Bay by the Strait of Baltiysk.

Localities on the lagoon include Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, and Primorsk in Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast and Elbląg, Tolkmicko, Frombork and Krynica Morska in Poland.

Eruption of Volcano Beneath Eyjafjallajoekull Glacier in Iceland Causes Flooding, Sends Ash Across Europe – April 17th, 2010

63.6N 19.7W

April 17th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Volcanic Ash Spreading from Iceland to Western Europe - April 15th, 2010

Volcanic Ash Spreading from Iceland to Western Europe - April 15th, 2010

Ash Over Western Europe - April 15th, 2010

Ash Over Western Europe

Ash Over Gdańsk Bay - April 15th, 2010

Ash Over Gdańsk Bay

A plume of ash has spread across northern Europe from a volcano beneath the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in southern Iceland. Icelandic media report that the eruption is continuing, but there have been no earth tremors since Thursday evening.

Volcanic ash has fallen in parts of eastern Iceland and there are fears that ash could spread to Reykjavik if the wind direction changes.

There are fears of an even bigger eruption if the vulcanism sets off the nearby Katla Volcano, which is also covered in ice.

Air traffic has been severely disrupted across northern Europe by the volcanic ash, seen stretching from Iceland (upper left corner) to Western Europe (right) in the main image.

Airspace has been closed or flights cancelled in countries including the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and France.

All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south. Two of the detail images show the ash veiling the skies over Western Europe, while another provides a map of the spreading of the ash.

Close-up of Ash Plume

Close-up of Ash Plume

Spreading of Ash Across Europe © Met Office (UK)

Spreading of Ash Across Europe

In addition, the eruption has caused parts of the glacier to break up and melt, causing flooding in areas around the erupting volcano and prompting the second evacuation of local people in 48 hours. The level of the glacial Markarfljot river – swollen with ice and mud – has also risen. The flooding has cut off the coast road from the area to the capital Reykjavik and threatens isolated farms.

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.

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