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Smoke from Balkan Fires West of Carpathian Mountains

42.3N 20.1E

September 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Mountains

Europe – September 2nd, 2012

Smoke from fires in the Balkans blows northward over Europe. Visible to the east of the cloud of smoke is the distinctive green, backwards S-shape of the Carpathian Mountains, which run through the Czech Republic in the northwest, through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine, to Romania in the east and on to the Iron Gates on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia in the south.

Thick Smoke Over the Balkans from Intense Wildfire Activity – September 16th, 2012

41.3N 19.5E

September 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia – August 31st, 2012

In the summer of 2012, hundreds of fires have been registered in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Croatia (click here for previous images). In Croatia, where fires have been burning in Istria, on Rab and Mljet islands, near Pula in the northern Adriatic and Sibenik in Dalmatia.

The fires may have been caused by human carelessness, the custom of burning trash, and farmers burning fields for crops. In the latter two cases, fires quickly may burn out of control if winds change and the fire spreads. Macedonian authorities have also accused people wishing to cover up illegal logging sites by burning land.

Italian Peninsula and Eastern Europe

43.7N 14.8E

August 14th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Europe - August 1st, 2011

This image shows most of the Italian peninsula and Sicily, as well as parts of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

Italy is the country with less cloud cover, allowing the Apennine Mountains to be seen running down the spine of the peninsula. Also cloud free is the coast of Croatia, where several islands can be seen near the shoreline. Most of the rest of the image is dotted by clouds, with the exception of a large valley in Romania at the upper right.

Vegetation Index of Italy and Southeastern Europe

44.2N 16.6E

August 3rd, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Europe - August 1st, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of part of Europe, including Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

The index is highest (rusty red) along the forest slopes of mountain ranges, such as the Apennines running down the spine of the Italian Peninsula. It is generally good (green) throughout the image, particularly in valleys and coastal areas, although some areas of low activity (yellow) can be observed in hot southern Italy, Sicily and Greece.

Vlasina and Zavoj Lakes in Balkan and Rhodope Mountains, Serbia

42.7N 22.3E

December 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Serbia - December 21st, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on Vlasina Lake, a semi-artificial lake in southeast Serbia. Lying at an altitude of 1211 m, with an area of 16 km², it is the highest and largest artificial lake in Serbia.

It was created between 1947 and 1951, when the peat bog called Vlasinsko blato (Vlasina mud) was closed by a dam and submerged by waters of incoming rivers, chiefly the Vlasina.

In the full image, another body of water, Zavoj Lake, can be seen to the north. This longer, thinner lake is an artificial reservoir in eastern Serbia, on the Visočica River. It was created in 1963 after a major landslide which dammed the river. The natural dam was later replaced with the Zavoj hydroelectric dam.

Both lakes are situated near Serbia’s border with Bulgaria and are surrounded by mountains. Vlasina Lake is located in the Rhodope Mountains and Zavoj Lake in the Balkan Mountains, although both lakes are situated near where the two ranges meet.