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Eastern and Western Carpathians Crossing Eastern Europe

49.2N 21.6E

April 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Eastern Europe - March 30th, 2011

This image includes parts of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and Romania (clockwise from bottom left). Lake Balaton, in Hungary, appears as a greenish body of water near the left edge in the lower half of the image.

Part of the arch of the Carpathians mountain range can be seen crossing the image. The visible sections of the range are mainly part of the Outer and Inner Western Carpathians (mostly along the border of Poland and Slovakia) and part of Outer and Inner Eastern Carpathians (here, stretching across Poland into Ukraine and Romania).

Danube and Drava Rivers Flowing by Lake Balaton, Hungary

46.8N 17.7E

March 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Hungary - March 23rd, 2011

Lake Balaton, the large, green body of water near the center, is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe.The northern shore is mountainous, while the southern is flat.

The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. Here, the lake appears darkest green on the southwestern end, where the Zala River enters, and lighest on the northeastern end where the Sió exits.

Two other rivers can also be observed: the Danube and the Drava. The Danube flows across the top part of the image, north of the lake, before bending almost 90 degrees and flowing parallel to the right edge. The Drava flows across the bottom of the image, south of the lake.

European Countries Near the Alps and the Adriatic Sea

45.2N 15.6E

November 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Hungary, Croatia and Serbia - September 24th, 2009

Hungary, Croatia and Serbia - September 24th, 2009

Several countries in Europe can be observed here, north of the Adriatic Sea. The countries along the shores of the sea include Italy below, Croatia along most of the upper shores, and Montenegro to the right after the Croatian islands. Sediments swirl outwards from rivermouths along the coast of Italy, while the shoreline of Croatia and its islands is mostly clear.

Bordering Croatia, in dark green areas of abundant vegetation, are Bosnia and Herezgovina to the east and Slovenia to the west. Hungary also borders Croatia to the north, although the landscape here is greenish-brown in color. Lake Balaton also stands out amidst the Hungarian terrain, its waters a bright turquoise green.

To the west of Hungary lies Austria. The Alps, somewhat snow-covered in this image taken at the beginning of Autumn, are visible here in Austria and northern Italy.

Lake Balaton and the Mura River, Hungary

46.8N 17.7E

October 26th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Hungary - September 24th, 2009

Hungary - September 24th, 2009

The waters of Hungary’s Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, appear bright green due to silty sediments and algae. Here, the water along the western shores of the lake appears slightly lighter in color than that of the rest of the lake.

Several rivers and streams can also be seen flowing across the landscape, including the Mura River, a tributary of the Drava and subsequently the Danube. The Mura’s total length is 465 km, of which 295 km is in Austria, 98 km is in Slovenia and the rest forms the border between Croatia and Hungary.

Here, the river flows across the image from the center left,  appearing as a dark green line that forms the border between Hungary (above) and Croatia (below).

Lake Balaton, Hungary: Central Europe’s Largest Lake

46.8N 17.7E

May 27th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lake Balaton, Hungary - May 17th, 2009

Lake Balaton, Hungary - May 17th, 2009

The greenish blue waters of Hungary’s Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, stand out against the dark green and golden yellow fields nearby.

The lake’s color comes from sediments in its silty sand bottom as well as algal growth. Most of the beaches surrounding it consist of either grass, rocks or the same silty sand that also makes up most of the lake bottom.

The lake is one of the foremost regional tourist destinations. However, the progress of tourism, swift and frequently thoughtless development of communities and land use resulted in the rapid and spectacular deterioration of the lakes water quality by the early 1980s.

Scientists and environmentalists have been studying ways, including sustainable tourism, to prevent further loss in water quality.

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