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Biebrza River in Northeastern Poland

53.1N 22.3E

June 8th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Poland - June 1st, 2010

Poland - June 1st, 2010

This APM (Alternate Polarization Medium resolution) image shows the Biebrza River in north-eastern Poland, a tributary of the Narew river (near Wizna), with a length of 155 kilometers (28th longest) and the basin area of 7,057 km2 (7,051 in Poland). Today the river is best known for the vivid wildlife in the peatbogs and marshes in its flooding areas.

APM is an ASAR (radar) mode that acquires two signals simultaneously, and is therefore able to generate two grayscale images. The resulting image (visible here) is a combination of those two images, which highlights the similarities and differences between the two.

Landscape of Central and Northern Germany

53.5N 11.0E

June 1st, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Germany - April 28th, 2010

This image focuses on northern and central Germany, a country in northern Europe with an area of 137,882 sq mi (357,114 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of 82,000,000. The capital is Berlin. Here, parts of Denmark and Sweden are also visible to the north, as are parts of Poland to the east.

The land in Germany is generally flat in the north and hilly in the northeast and central region, rising to the Bavarian Alps in the south. The Rhine River basin dominates the central and western part of the country; other important rivers include the Elbe, Danube, and Oder.

Bay of Greifswald and Bay of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea, Germany and Poland

53.8N 14.3E

May 7th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Two large bays are visible in this image of northern Germany and the Baltic Sea: the Bay of Greifswald (upper left) and the Bay of Szczecin (center).

The Bay of Greifswald, with an area of 514 km², is the largest Bodden of the German Baltic coast. It has a heavily indented coastline, making it a bay of bays. It is also quite shallow, with an average depth of 5.6 m, and a maximum depth of 13.5 m.

The Bay of Szczecin (also called the Szczecin Lagoon and Oder lagoon, is a lagoon in the Oder estuary, shared by Germany and Poland. The lagoon is subdivided into the Kleines Haff (“small lagoon”) in the West and the Wielki Zalew (“great lagoon”) in the East.

The lagoon covers an area of 687 km², its natural depth is in average 3.8 meters, and 8.5 meters at maximum. The depth of shipping channels however can exceed 10.5 meters. Thus, the lagoon holds about 2.58 km3 of water.

Vistula Lagoon on the Baltic Sea, Poland and Russia

54.3N 19.5E

May 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Poland and Russia - April 28th, 2010

Poland and Russia - April 28th, 2010

The Vistula Lagoon is a fresh water lagoon on the Baltic Sea separated from Gdańsk Bay by the Vistula Spit. It is sometimes known as the Vistula Bay or Vistula Gulf.

The lagoon is a mouth of a few branches of the Vistula River, notably the Nogat, and the Pregolya River. It is connected to Gdańsk Bay by the Strait of Baltiysk.

Localities on the lagoon include Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, and Primorsk in Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast and Elbląg, Tolkmicko, Frombork and Krynica Morska in Poland.

Winter View of Sweden and Northern European Neighbors

58.5N 13.8E

March 30th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Sweden and Denmark - March 5th, 2010

Sweden and Denmark - March 5th, 2010

This wintry view of northern Europe focuses on Sweden (completely visible in the full image, above) and also includes Denmark (lower left quadrant), as well as parts of Germany (south of Denmark), Poland (lower right quadrant) and Finland (upper right in the full image).

Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude. The country can be divided into three types of climate; the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northernmost part has a subarctic climate. However, Sweden is much warmer and drier than other places at a similar latitude, and even somewhat further south, mainly because of the Gulf Stream.