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Islands by East and West Coasts of Denmark

55.5N 9.2E

October 18th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Denmark - October 13th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on the Jutland Peninsula, shared by Denmark (above) and Germany (below). The islands along the lower half of the peninsula’s western coast and extending southwestward along the coast of Germany by the base of the peninsula are the Frisian Islands. The archipelago shields the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (large parts of which fall dry during low tide) from the North Sea.

Visible off the eastern coast of the peninsula, between Denmark and Sweden, are several large Danish islands. The two largest are Funen (Fyn, in Danish) and Zealand (Sjælland, in Danish). These islands lie between the Kattegat (above) and the Baltic Sea (right).

Northern Jutland Peninsula, Denmark

54.7N 11.0E

October 22nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Denmark - September 29th, 2009

Denmark - September 29th, 2009

In the northernmost part of Denmark, on the Jutland Peninsula, lies the Limfjord (bottom left quadrant), a shallow sound in Denmark that extends from Thyborøn Channel on the North Sea to Hals on the Kattegat (center).

Offshore and northeast of Hals is Læsø, the largest island in the North Sea bay of Kattegat. It is located 19 kilometers (12 mi) off the Danish mainland.

Together with the island of Anholt (central right edge), Læsø belongs to the Danish “desert belt”; during the summer months there is so little rain that streams and ponds partly dry up.

The landmass visible in the upper right corner is part of Sweden. Gothenburg, the second largest Swedish city and the biggest sea port of the Nordic countries, can be seen here at the mouth of Göta Älv River.

The Kattegat Sea Area, Denmark

54.7N 11.0E

May 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Denmark - May 12th, 2009

Denmark - May 12th, 2009

The Kattegat is a sea area bounded by Jutland (Denmark, left, and extreme north Germany), and Skåne, Halland and Bohuslän (Sweden, upper right).

The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Oresund and the Danish Straits. The Kattegat is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as either a bay of the Baltic Sea, a bay of the North Sea, or, in traditional Scandinavian usage, neither of these.

Waterways that drain into the Kattegat are the rivers of Göta älv at Gothenburg, together with the Lagan, Nissan, Ätran and Viskan from the province of Halland on the Swedish side, and the river of Gudenå from Jutland, in Denmark.

The main islands of the Kattegat are Samsø, Læsø and Anholt, where the latter two, due to their dry summer climate, are referred to as the Danish desert belt. Here, Læsø (top) is surrounded by golden brown sediments.

A number of noteworthy coastal areas abut the Kattegat, including the Kullaberg Nature Reserve in Scania (Swedish: Skåne), Sweden, which contains a number of rare species and a scenic rocky shore.