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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.

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.

Gulf of Finland between Helsinki and Tallinn

60.0N 25.8E

August 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Gulf of Finland - July 28th, 2009

Gulf of Finland - July 28th, 2009

The Gulf of Finland is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea that extends between Finland (to the north) and Estonia (to the south) all the way to Saint Petersburg in Russia. Here, in the part of the gulf between Finland and Estonia, water currents create swirled patterns which are interrupted by straight horizontal lines created by passing ships.

Other major cities around the gulf include Helsinki, in Finland, and Tallinn, in Estonia, both of which are visible here. Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland, is spread across a number of bays and peninsulas and over a number of islands. The inner city area occupies a southern peninsula, which is rarely referred to by its actual name Vironniemi.

Moving 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn, spreads along the coastline of the Gulf of Finland for 46 kilometers. It occupies a surface area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) in which 404,000 inhabitants live. It comprises 3 bigger peninsulas: Kopli peninsula, Paljassaare peninsula and Kakumäe peninsula.

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