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Kaliningrad Between Curonian and Vistula Lagoons, Russia

54.7N 20.5E

April 24th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Russia - January 4th, 2012

Visible near the shoreline in this wide-swath ASAR image is Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave of Russia surrounded by Lithuania, Poland, and the Baltic Sea. Notable geographical features include: the Curonian Lagoon (shared with Lithuania, above) and the Vistula Lagoon (shared with Poland, below). Visible inland between the two lagoons is Kaliningrad, the administrative center and major city of the oblast.

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 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.

Vistula River Crossing Snowy Poland

54.3N 18.6E

February 15th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Poland - January 26th, 2010

Poland - January 26th, 2010

The landscape of northern Poland (lower half of image) as well as parts of southern Sweden (upper left), the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast (upper right quadrant) and Lithuania (north of the former) appears mostly covered in snow.

Parallel to the coastline, to the south, the Vistula can be seen crossing Poland’s territory. It is the longest and one of the most important rivers in Poland, at 1,047 km (651 miles) in length. The watershed area of the Vistula is 194,424 km² (75,067 square miles), of which 168,699 km² (65,135 sq. miles) lies within Poland (covering over half the area of the country).

The Vistula has its source at Barania Góra in the south of Poland, 1220 meters above sea level in the Silesian Beskids (western part of Carpathian Mountains). It then flows over the vast Polish plains, passing several large Polish cities along its way, and finally empties into the Vistula Lagoon or directly into the Gdańsk Bay of the Baltic Sea with a delta and several branches.

Baltic Coastline of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia

April 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Baltic Coast - April 19th, 2009

Baltic Coast - April 19th, 2009

The Baltic coastline of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia (from bottom to top) is visible on the left side of this image. In the upper left quadrant, near Lativa, several condensation trails from airplanes can be seen over the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga.

The Polish Baltic coast is approximately 528 kilometres (328 mi) long, although only the eastern part of the coastline can be seen here. It extends from Świnoujście on the islands of Usedom and Wolin in the west to Krynica Morska on the Vistula Spit in the east.

For the most part, Poland has a smooth coastline, which has been shaped by the continual movement of sand by currents and winds from west to east. This continual erosion and deposition has formed cliffs, dunes, and spits, many of which have migrated landwards to close off former lagoons.

Moving northwards, Lithuania has around 99 kilometres (61.5 mi) of sandy coastline, of which only about 38 kilometres (24 mi) face the open Baltic Sea and which is the shortest among the Baltic Sea countries.

The rest of the coast is sheltered by the Curonian sand peninsula. Lithuania’s major warm-water port, Klaipėda, lies at the narrow mouth of the Curonian Lagoon, a shallow lagoon extending south to Kaliningrad.