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Rhône River Crossing Swiss Alps

46.6N 7.8E

March 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

The Rhône River flows across the middle of this orthorectified image of Switzerland, dividing the Alps. Also visible in the upper right quadrant are Lake Thun (left) and Lake Brienz (right).

Lake Thun is an Alpine lake in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. It took its name from the city of Thun, on its northern shore. It is drained by the River Aar and fed by water from Lake Brienz and various streams.

Lake Brienz is located in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The lake took its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. Interlaken and the villages Matten and Unterseen lie to the south west of the lake.

Lake Geneva by the Chablais and Bernese Alps

46.4N 6.5E

October 24th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Switzerland - September 29th, 2009

Below the snow-dusted Swiss Alps lie (from lower left to upper right) Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. All are located entirely in Switzerland except for Lake Geneva, which is also shared by France.

Lake Geneva, the largest lake in the image,  lies along the Rhône River. It has an alpine character and is bordered by the Chablais Alps along its southern shore, while the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

It is the largest natural freshwater lake in western Europe (with a surface area of 582 km²) and the largest body of freshwater in continental Europe in terms of volume (89 km³).

The crescent shape of Lake Geneva, formed by a withdrawing glacier, narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west.

Lakes in Switzerland Below the Alps – October 11th, 2009

46.4N 6.5E

October 11th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Switzerland - August 31st, 2009

Switzerland - August 31st, 2009

The low-laying areas below the Swiss Alps are home to several lakes, including Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

Lake Geneva (or Lake Léman), lower left, is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe in terms of surface area. Shared by Switzerland and France, it lies on the course of the Rhône River.

North of Lake Geneva is Lake Neuchâtel, in Western Switzerland. With a surface of 218.3 km², it is the largest lake entirely in Switzerland. The lake is 38.3 km long and no more than 8.2 km wide. Its surface is 429 m above sea-level, with a maximum depth of 152 m. The total water volume is 14.0 km³ and its drainage area is approximately 2,670 km².

Lakes Thun and Brienz are located close together, near the right side of the image. Here, Lake Thun appears blue, while Lake Brienze is bright green.

The alpine Lake Thun takes its name from the Swiss city of Thun, on its northern shore. Its approximately 2,500 km² large catchment area frequently causes local flooding after heavy rainfalls. Lake Thun is actually fed by water from Lake Brienz to the south east, which lies 6 metres higher.

Lake Brienz, similar to its neighbor Lake Thun, takes its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. The shores are steep, and there is almost no shallow water in the entire lake. Its length is about 9 miles, its width 1½ miles, and its maximum depth 856 feet, while its area is 11½ square miles, and the surface is 564 m above the sea-level.