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Helsinki and Tallinn by Gulf of Finland and Riga by Gulf of Riga

60.1N 24.9E

April 22nd, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Estonia - January 4th, 2012

Visible in the upper part of this wide-swath ASAR image is the Gulf of Finland, the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea. Visible on opposite sides of the gulf are Helsinki, Finland (northern shores, near the top edge) and Tallinn, Estonia (southern shores, parallel to Helsinki).

Visible to the south of Tallinn is the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Estonia. The area of the Gulf of Riga is about 18,000 km². The maximum depth is 67 m. The island of Saaremaa (Estonia) partially separates it from the rest of the Baltic Sea. The city of Riga can be viewed near the gulf’s southern shores.

Lake Peipus and Tallinn and Riga, in the Baltics

58.8N 27.2E

December 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Estonia, Latvia, Russia - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Lake Peipus, the biggest transboundary lake in Europe, on the border between Estonia (part of European Union) and Russia. Other bodies of water visible nearby are the Gulf of Finland (top edge), the Gulf of Riga (left edge) and Lake Võrtsjärv (small lake west of Lake Peipus).

Visible on the shores of the Gulf of Riga is Riga (lower left corner), the capital and largest city of Latvia. An important seaport, it is situated on the mouth of the Daugava River on a flat and sandy plain. Visible at the top left, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, is Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2.

St. Petersburg Between Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga, Russia

60.0N 30.1E

December 18th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Estonia - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Gulf of Finland (left) and Lake Ladoga (right). Visible between the two bodies of water, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, is St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Gulf of Finland is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea. It extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. Other major cities around the gulf include Helsinki and Tallinn (visible at the left edge).

Lake Ladoga is a freshwater lake located in the Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, not far from Saint Petersburg. It is the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world.

Talinn and Helsinki on Opposite Sides of Gulf of Finland, Estonia and Finland – November 16th, 2011

60.1N 24.9E

November 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Estonia and Finland - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Gulf of Finland, the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea. It extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the river Neva drains into it. Other major cities around the gulf include Helsinki (northern shores, near left edge) and Tallinn (southern shores, parallel to Helsinki).

The area of the gulf is 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The length (from the Hanko Peninsula to Saint Petersburg) is 400 km (250 mi) and the width varies from 70 km (43 mi) near the entrance to 130 km (81 mi) on the meridian of the island Moshnyi; in Neva Bay, it decreases to 12 km (7.5 mi). The gulf is relatively shallow with the depth decreasing from the entrance to the gulf to the continent.

Lake Peipus, Europe’s Largest Transboundary Lake, Estonia and Russia

58.5N 27.6E

November 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Estonia and Russia - November 8th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows Lake Peipus, the biggest transboundary lake in Europe, on the border between Estonia and Russia, and south of the Gulf of Finland.

The lake is the fifth largest in Europe after Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega in Russia, Lake Vänern in Sweden, and Lake Saimaa in Finland. It covers 3,555 km2, and has an average depth of 7.1 m, the deepest point being 15 m.

The lake has several islands and consists of 3 parts: Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe, the northern part of the lake with the area of 2611 km2 (73%); Lake Pihkva/Pskovskoe, the southern part of the lake (area 708 km2 or 20%); and Lake Lämmijärv/Teploe, the sound connecting both parts of the lake (area 236 km2 or 7%).

Some 30 rivers and streams discharge into Lake Peipus. The largest rivers are Emajõgi and Velikaya River. It is drained by the Narva River. The lake is used for fishing and recreation, but suffered from some environmental degradation from Soviet era agriculture.

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