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The Dollart Bay by the Ems River, Netherlands and Germany

53.2N 7.1E

February 8th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

The Dollart is a bay between northern Netherlands and Germany, on the west side of the estuary of the Ems river. The Netherlands and Germany, however, do not agree on the exact course of the border through the bay. Most of it dries at low tide, and it is a feeding ground for many water birds.

The Dollart was likely created between 1219 and 1413, by the rising waterlevel and some floods. Nowadays it’s a paradise for all kinds of birds and other animals that live around water.

The Ems is a river in northwestern Germany and northeastern Netherlands with a total length of 371 kilometers. It runs through the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony and parallels the state border between the Lower Saxon area of East Friesland (Germany) and the province of Groningen (Netherlands), on the German side of the border.

Düsseldorf on the Banks of the Rhine, Germany

51.2N 6.7E

January 12th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Germany - December 31st, 2009

Germany - December 31st, 2009

The city of Düsseldorf, the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is visible along the banks of the River Rhine at the center left of this orthorectified image. It is located in the center of the Rhein-Ruhr area, one of Europe’s most populated metropolitan areas.

Dusseldorf lies in the middle of the lower Rhine basin on the delta of the Düssel River where it flows into the Rhine. The city is on the east side of the Rhine, except for District 4 (Oberkassel, Niederkassel, Heerdt and Lörick).

The highest point in Düsseldorf is the top of Sandberg in the far eastern part of the city (Hubbelrath borough) at 165 metres (541 ft). The lowest point is at the far northern end in Wittlaer borough where the Schwarzbach (Black Creek) enters the Rhine, with an average elevation of 28 metres (92 ft).