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Lake Geneva by the Chablais and Bernese Alps, France and Switzerland

46.4N 6.5E

May 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Switzerland and France - May 4th, 2011

Lake Geneva or Lake Léman lies near the center of this image on the border of Switzerland and France at the foot of the Alps. Roughly 60% of it (345.31 km²) comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland, while the other approximately 40 % (234.71 km²) comes under that of France.

One of the largest lakes in Western Europe, it was formed by a retreating glacier, and has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

Lakes Garda and Geneva Near the Alps – August 30th, 2009

45.5N 10.6E

August 30th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Italy, Switzerland and France - July 28th, 2009

Italy, Switzerland and France - July 28th, 2009

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Two large lakes lying at the foot of the Alps are visible in this image of northern Italy, southwestern Switzerland and southeastern France.

The crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, also called Lake Léman, can be seen above the snowy mountains in the upper left quadrant, on the Swiss-French border. It is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe in terms of surface area.

Moving to the east, at the foot of the Alps in Italy, is Lake Garda. The lake is best observed in the close-up or full version of the image, as its bluish-green color causes it to blend in with the surrounding green vegetation. It is the largest lake in Italy.

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