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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.

Eastern and Western Carpathians Crossing Eastern Europe

49.2N 21.6E

April 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Eastern Europe - March 30th, 2011

This image includes parts of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and Romania (clockwise from bottom left). Lake Balaton, in Hungary, appears as a greenish body of water near the left edge in the lower half of the image.

Part of the arch of the Carpathians mountain range can be seen crossing the image. The visible sections of the range are mainly part of the Outer and Inner Western Carpathians (mostly along the border of Poland and Slovakia) and part of Outer and Inner Eastern Carpathians (here, stretching across Poland into Ukraine and Romania).

Carpathian Mountains in Central Slovakia

48.1N 17.1E

June 17th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Slovakia - June 6th, 2010

Slovakia - June 6th, 2010

Slovakia is a country in central Europe with an area of 18,932 sq mi (49,034 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of approximately 5,418,000. The capital is Bratislava.

The Carpathian Mountains (capped with clouds in the middle of the image) dominate Slovakia, with lowlands in the southwestern and southeastern regions. The Morava River and Danube River form parts of the southern and western borders. Grain, sugar beets, and potatoes are grown and pigs, sheep, and cattle are raised, but the economy is based on services and manufacturing.

Hungary in Europe’s Carpathian Basin – May 3rd, 2009

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Hungary - April 9th, 2009

Hungary - April 9th, 2009

This image focuses on Hungary, a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Part of Italy is also visible on the lower left, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina on the lower right.

Slightly more than one half of Hungary’s landscape consists of flat to rolling plains of the Pannonian Basin: the most important plain regions include the Little Hungarian Plain in the west, and the Great Hungarian Plain in the southeast. The highest elevation above sea level on the latter is only 183 metres.

Transdanubia is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. These include the very eastern stretch of the Alps, Alpokalja, in the west of the country, the Transdanubian Medium Mountains, in the central region of Transdanubia, and the Mecsek Mountains and Villány Mountains in the south. The highest point of the area is the Írott-kő in the Alps, at 882 metres.

The highest mountains of the country are located in the Carpathians: these lie in the northern parts, in a wide band along the Slovakian border. The highest point is the Kékes at 1,014 m (3327 ft).

Hungary is divided in two by its main waterway, the Danube (Duna); other large rivers include the Tisza and Dráva, while Transdanubia contains Lake Balaton, a major body of water.

The Carpathian Mountains in Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania

April 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

The Carpathians - April 19th, 2009

The Carpathians - April 19th, 2009

The Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc of roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) across Central and Eastern Europe, making them the largest mountain range in Europe.

The chain of mountain ranges stretches from the Czech Republic in the northwest to Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania in the east, to the Iron Gates on the Danube River between Romania and Serbia in the south.

In the main image, they can be seen in Slovakia (center left), then arching through the southwestern corner of Ukraine and Romania.

The Carpathian chain is usually divided into three major parts: the Western Carpathians (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary), the Eastern Carpathians (Southeastern Poland, Eastern Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania) and the Southern Carpathians (Romania, Serbia).

The highest range within the Carpathians are the Tatras, on the border of Poland and Slovakia, where the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m (8,530 ft) in elevation, followed by the Southern Carpathians in Romania, where the highest peaks exceed 2,500 m (8,202 ft) in elevation.

The Carpathians provide the habitat for the largest populations of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes in Europe, as well as over one third of all European plant species.