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White Arc of the Alps Across Southern Europe

46.4N 6.5E

July 13th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy, France and Switzerland - June 30th, 2010

Italy, France and Switzerland - June 30th, 2010

The peaks of the Alps create a white arc across this image of France (left), Switzerland (central – upper right) and Italy (lower right). A very small part of Germany can be seen in the upper right corner.

A large valley is visible in Italy below the mountains, with the city of Turin standing out as a grey area in the full image. Numerous other cities and town can be seen as well, speckled across the green of the lowlands.

On the other side of the mountains are several bodies of water of note. Running across France, through the city of Arles, and emptying into the Mediterranean Sea is the River Rhône. Near the base of the Alps are two large lakes: Lake Geneva (dark blue) and Lake Constance (turquoise).

Rhône River Entering Lake Geneva, Switzerland and France – May 10th, 2010

46.4N 6.5E

May 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Switzerland - April 28th, 2010

Switzerland - April 28th, 2010

Lake Geneva (below center) is the largest Alpine lake in Europe, with an area of 224 square miles (581 square km). The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

The lake lies between southwestern Switzerland and Haute-Savoie département, in southeastern France. About 134 square miles (347 square km) of the lake’s area are Swiss, and 90 square miles (234 square km) are French.

Crescent in shape, the lake is formed by the Rhône River, which enters it at the east end between Villeneuve, Switzerland, and Saint-Gingolph, France, and leaves it at the west end through the city of Geneva.

Lake Bourget in the Mountainous Savoie Department, France

45.7N 5.8E

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

France - February 20th, 2010

France - February 20th, 2010

Lac du Bourget (Lake Bourget), visible in the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image, is a lake in the Savoie department of France. It is the largest and the deepest lake located entirely within the country (Lake Geneva is larger but shared by Switzerland).

The most important town on its shore is Aix-les-Bains. Chambéry, the capital of Savoie, lies about 10 km south of the lake. The lake is named after the town Le Bourget-du-Lac, on its south shore. It is mainly fed by the river Leysse (and other small rivers), and drains towards the river Rhône through the canal de Savières, an artificial channel.

The lake is surrounded by mountains; in fact, much of the Savoie department, which is part of the Rhône-Alpes region, is covered by mountains. These include the Bauges Massif, the Chartreuse Massif, the Vanoise Massif and the Beaufortain Massif.

Rhône River Crossing Swiss Alps

46.6N 7.8E

March 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

The Rhône River flows across the middle of this orthorectified image of Switzerland, dividing the Alps. Also visible in the upper right quadrant are Lake Thun (left) and Lake Brienz (right).

Lake Thun is an Alpine lake in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. It took its name from the city of Thun, on its northern shore. It is drained by the River Aar and fed by water from Lake Brienz and various streams.

Lake Brienz is located in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The lake took its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. Interlaken and the villages Matten and Unterseen lie to the south west of the lake.

The Rhône River Spilling into the Mediterranean – October 25th, 2009

43.2N 5.3E

October 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

Many lakes and lagoons are present along the coast of the South of France, from the Étang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau), the dark blue lake at the bottom left, to the lighter colored Étang de Berre on the right, west of Marseille.

Created by the rise in water levels at the end of the last ice age, this small inland sea is composed of three parts: the principal body of water, the Étang de Vaïn to the east and the Étang de Bolmon to the south-east.

Flowing down through the center of the image is the Rhône River, which eventually spills some sediments into the Mediterranean Sea near the Étang de Berre.