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Zagreb in the Pannonian Basin, Croatia

45.8N 15.9E

April 7th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Croatia - February 18th, 2010

Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia, is visible in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image. It is the largest city in Croatia, with a population of 804,200 as of 2008.

Zagreb is situated in the northwest of the country, along the Sava River, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain. The city lies at an elevation of approximately 122 m (400 ft) above sea level.

Its favourable geographic position in the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin, which extends to the Alpine, Dinaric, Adriatic and Pannonic regions, provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea.

Hungary in Europe’s Carpathian Basin – May 3rd, 2009

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Hungary - April 9th, 2009

Hungary - April 9th, 2009

This image focuses on Hungary, a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Part of Italy is also visible on the lower left, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina on the lower right.

Slightly more than one half of Hungary’s landscape consists of flat to rolling plains of the Pannonian Basin: the most important plain regions include the Little Hungarian Plain in the west, and the Great Hungarian Plain in the southeast. The highest elevation above sea level on the latter is only 183 metres.

Transdanubia is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. These include the very eastern stretch of the Alps, Alpokalja, in the west of the country, the Transdanubian Medium Mountains, in the central region of Transdanubia, and the Mecsek Mountains and Villány Mountains in the south. The highest point of the area is the Írott-kő in the Alps, at 882 metres.

The highest mountains of the country are located in the Carpathians: these lie in the northern parts, in a wide band along the Slovakian border. The highest point is the Kékes at 1,014 m (3327 ft).

Hungary is divided in two by its main waterway, the Danube (Duna); other large rivers include the Tisza and Dráva, while Transdanubia contains Lake Balaton, a major body of water.

The Rocky Coast and Offshore Islands of Croatia

February 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia - February 26th, 2009

Croatia is a Central European country at the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Croatia borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the far southeast.

Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic Sea, and it also shares a sea border with Italy in the Gulf of Trieste.

Its terrain is diverse, including plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental north and northeast (Central Croatia and Slavonia, part of the Pannonian Basin), visible at the top.

Towards the center, the terrain consists of densely wooded mountains in Lika and Gorski Kotar, part of the Dinaric Alps, covered with snow in the image.

Finally, the terrain includes rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea (Istria, Northern Seacoast and Dalmatia), visible in varying shades of brown towards the bottom.

Many islands can also be seen off the rocky coasts, as offshore Croatia consists of over one thousand islands varying in size. The largest islands in Croatia are Cres and Krk, which are located in the Adriatic Sea.