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The Skagerrak Between Norway, Sweden and Denmark

58.2N 9.8E

November 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sweden and Denmark - September 29th, 2009

Sweden and Denmark - September 29th, 2009

The Skagerrak (left) is a strait running between Norway (left edge), the southwest coast of Sweden (above) and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark (below), connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat Sea area (below center), which leads to the Baltic Sea (right).

The Skagerrak is roughly triangular in shape, measuring 240 kilometers (149 mi) in length, and between 80 km (50 mi) and 140 km (87 mi) in width. It deepens toward the Norwegian coast, reaching over 700 metres at the Norwegian Trench.

The Skagerrak has a salinity of 30 practical salinity units. The volume available to biomass is about 3,600 square kilometers (1,390.0 sq mi), including a wide variety of habitats from the sandbanks to Sweden and Denmark to the deeps of the Norwegian trench.

Here, other than some sediments hugging the northwest coast of Denmark, the shores of the Skagerrak are mostly clear.

The Kattegat Sea Area, Denmark

54.7N 11.0E

May 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Denmark - May 12th, 2009

Denmark - May 12th, 2009

The Kattegat is a sea area bounded by Jutland (Denmark, left, and extreme north Germany), and Skåne, Halland and Bohuslän (Sweden, upper right).

The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Oresund and the Danish Straits. The Kattegat is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as either a bay of the Baltic Sea, a bay of the North Sea, or, in traditional Scandinavian usage, neither of these.

Waterways that drain into the Kattegat are the rivers of Göta älv at Gothenburg, together with the Lagan, Nissan, Ätran and Viskan from the province of Halland on the Swedish side, and the river of Gudenå from Jutland, in Denmark.

The main islands of the Kattegat are Samsø, Læsø and Anholt, where the latter two, due to their dry summer climate, are referred to as the Danish desert belt. Here, Læsø (top) is surrounded by golden brown sediments.

A number of noteworthy coastal areas abut the Kattegat, including the Kullaberg Nature Reserve in Scania (Swedish: Skåne), Sweden, which contains a number of rare species and a scenic rocky shore.