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Lake Peipus and Tallinn and Riga, in the Baltics

58.8N 27.2E

December 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Estonia, Latvia, Russia - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Lake Peipus, the biggest transboundary lake in Europe, on the border between Estonia (part of European Union) and Russia. Other bodies of water visible nearby are the Gulf of Finland (top edge), the Gulf of Riga (left edge) and Lake Võrtsjärv (small lake west of Lake Peipus).

Visible on the shores of the Gulf of Riga is Riga (lower left corner), the capital and largest city of Latvia. An important seaport, it is situated on the mouth of the Daugava River on a flat and sandy plain. Visible at the top left, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, is Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2.

Vegetation Index of Europe from Denmark to Latvia

53.8N 15.7E

July 9th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Denmark - July 7th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of part of Europe, including areas of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Kaliningrad (Russia), Lithuania and Latvia (counter-clockwise from upper left).

The index of photosynthetic activity is good (green) overall, with some areas of high activity (rusty red) in Lithuania and Latvia (upper right quadrant) and on the Danish islands (near left edge).

Ice in the Gulf of Riga, Estonia and Latvia

57.5N 23.5E

April 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Estonia and Latvia - April 15th, 2011

Ice covers the eastern half of the Gulf of Riga, a large gulf of the Baltic Sea, bounded by the northern coast of Latvia and the western coast of Estonia.

The rest of the 7,000 sq mi- (18,000 sq km-)gulf also appears whitish in color due to cloud cover. In the full image, cracks can be discerned in the ice, and the ice and clouds can be more readily distinguished. The gulf generally remains icebound from December until April.


Ice on Bays of the Baltic Sea – April 2nd, 2011

57.3N 22.2E

April 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Baltic Sea - March 23rd, 2011

Snow dusts the terrain of Estonia (top right) and parts of Latvia (center), while most of Lithuania (lower right), Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast and coastal Poland (bottom) are snow-free. Visible near the left edge is the island of Gotland, part of Sweden. It is the largest island in the Baltic Sea, with an area of 2,994 km².

Ice can be seen in the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Estonia with a maximum depth of 67 m. Ice is also present in the Curonian Lagoon, on the coast of Lithuania, and in a small section of the Vistula Lagoon, on the coast of Kaliningrad Oblast and Poland.

Moscow and Western Russia to the Baltic Sea – October 15th, 2010

55.5N 29.9E

October 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Russia - October 9th, 2010


The landscape of western Russia is visible between two large areas of cloud cover in the main image.

Small sections of the Baltic Sea can be seen to the left, by the countries of Estonia (above) and Lativa (below). Some land in the lower left part of the full image also belongs to Belarus.

The close-up focuses on the city of Moscow, visible as a grey area amidst the green landscape. The city is situated in the center of the close-up and by the right edge of the main image.