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Dutch Coastal Bodies of Water: Markermeer, IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea – May 31st, 2010

May 31st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Netherlands - April 18th, 2010

Netherlands - April 18th, 2010

Several bodies of water are visible near the coast of the Netherlands: the Markermeer (bright green), the IJsselmeer (dark blue) and the Wadden Sea (green, closest to the open ocean).

The Markermeer is a 700 km² lake in the central Netherlands in between North Holland, Flevoland and its larger sibling, the IJsselmeer. A shallow lake at some 3 to 5 m in depth, it is named after the small former island, now peninsula, of Marken that lies within it.

IJsselmeer (sometimes translated as Lake IJssel, alternative international spelling: Lake Yssel) is a shallow lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the provinces of Flevoland, North Holland and Friesland, with an average depth of 5 to 6 m. It is named after the IJssel river that drains into it via a smaller lake, the Ketelmeer. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake in Western Europe.

The Wadden Sea (Dutch: Waddenzee) is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea. It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands.

River IJssel Flowing into the Ketelmeer, the Netherlands

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February 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

The River IJssel, sometimes called Gelderse IJssel to avoid confusion with its Hollandse IJssel namesake in the west of the Netherlands, is a branch of the Rhine in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. Here, it flows more or less vertically across the image, just left of the middle.

River IJssel flows from Westervoort, east of the city of Arnhem, until it discharges into the IJsselmeer. River IJssel is one of the three major distributary branches into which the Rhine divides itself shortly after crossing the German-Dutch border. As a lowlands river, the IJssel has a lot of bends and naturally occurring dead branches.

Here, it can be seen flowing into the Ketelmeer, a lake between the polders Noordoostpolder and Oostelijk Flevoland, which connects the river IJssel to the lake IJsselmeer. The Ketelmeer has a size of 3500 hectare, most of which is in the province Flevoland, but the river delta of the IJssel is in the province Overijssel.