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Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland’s Lough Neagh

57.0N 5.4W

November 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

United Kingdom - November 22nd, 2011

This rare cloud-free image gives us a view of Scotland (right) and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (left), separated by the North Channel or Strait of Moyle.

The dark brown, mountainous area occupying much of the area of Scotland visible here is the Scottish Highlands. The area is very sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands.

To the southwest, Lough Neagh, a large freshwater lake, can be observed in Northern Ireland. With an area of 392 square kilometres (151 sq mi), it is the largest lake in the British Isles and ranks among the forty largest lakes of Europe. Located twenty miles (30 km) to the west of Belfast, it is approximately twenty miles (30 km) long and nine miles (15 km) wide. It is very shallow around the margins and the average depth in the main body of the lake is about 9 m (30 ft); although at its deepest the lough is about 25 metres (80 ft) deep.

Fires in Scotland and Ireland, Phytoplankton in the Atlantic – May 6th, 2011

57.7N 5.5W

May 6th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Phytoplankton

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 3rd, 2011

Fires in Scotland and Northern Ireland continued to burn in this image taken one day after EOSnap first observed the blazes (click here for previous article).

The main fire in the Scottish Highlands continued to blow smoke across the Minch towards the Isle of Lewis, although here the smoke is blowing west-southwest.

Other fires may have still been burning in Northern Ireland (UK) and the northwestern parts of the Republic of Ireland, although the popcorn clouds above the region make it difficult to pinpoint the individual blazes.

Finally, in the full image, the bright green and turquoise phytoplankton bloom observed previously can still be seen flourishing in the Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the UK. There is also some evidence of a fainter bloom in the North Sea, to the northeast.



Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

57.3N 4.5W

March 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains

UK - February 17th, 2011

Snow rests atop the peaks of the Scottish Highlands in the United Kingdom. The area is generally sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in Britain and Ireland, Ben Nevis.

The Isle of Skye can also be observed offshore, to the west. It is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin Hills.

Scottish Highlands and Islands, United Kingdom – May 22nd, 2009

57.8N 4.9W

May 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Scottish Highlands - May 11th, 2009

Scottish Highlands - May 11th, 2009

The Highlands and IslandsĀ  of Scotland lie to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs from Arran to Stonehaven.

The Highlands are generally mountainous and the highest elevations in the British Isles are found here.

This part of Scotland largely comprises ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian, interspersed with igneous intrusions of a more recent age, the remnants of which have formed mountain massifs such as the Cairngorms and Skye Cuillins.

There are numerous bodies of freshwater including Loch Lomond and Loch Ness (just above the center, along the line of the Great Glen).

Some parts of the coastline consist of machair, a low lying dune pasture land.

Scotland also has over 790 islands, divided into four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides (center to upper left).

Cloudless View of the United Kingdom and Ireland – December 4th, 2008

December 4th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

The United Kingdom - December 3rd, 2008

Close-up of Northern England and the Isle of Man

Close-up of England-Scotland border and the Isle of Man

Most of the United Kingdom and Ireland can be seen clearly in this virtually cloud-free image, in which only the area around London and the River Thames is covered.

The terrain changes from plains and slight hills in the South to the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands in the North.

The first close-up highlights the mountainous region around the England-Scotland border. Sediments flow from the River Waver and the River Wampool into Moricambe Bay, an inlet of the Solway Firth in Cumbria, created by the confluence of the two rivers. Offshore, the Isle of Man can be seen in the Irish Sea.

The snow-capped Cumbrian Mountains (England) are visible south of the bay, as are the Southern Uplands (Scotland), north of the bay. There are many lakes near the base of the mountains.

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

Detail of England-Wales border and the River Severn

The second close-up focuses on Western England and Wales. The River Severn is spilling dark brown sediments towards the Celtic Sea, and the cities of Cardiff (Wales) and Bristol (England) can be seen on its northern and southern shores, respectively. Snow covers the peaks of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog).

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