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Coastline and Lakes of Albania – August 8th, 2009

40.9N 20.6E

August 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Albania - July 27th, 2009

Albania - July 27th, 2009

Sediments line the coast of Albania, which is 362 kilometers long and extends along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Several sizeable lakes can also be observed: these are the three largest and deepest tectonic lakes of the Balkan Peninsula, all of which are partly located in Albania.

Lake Scutari, also called Shkodër and Skadar, in the country’s northwest (upper left corner), has a surface which can vary between 370 km2 (140 sq mi) and 530 km2, out of which one third belongs to Albania and rest to Montenegro. The Albanian shoreline of the lake is 57 km (35 mi). It is included in the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance.

Lake Ohrid is situated in the country’s southeast (right of center) and is shared between Albania and Republic of Macedonia. It has a maximal depth of 289 meters and a variety of unique flora and fauna can be found there, including “living fossils” and many endemic species.

Because of its natural and historical value, Ohrid Lake is under the protection of UNESCO, as human activity on the lake shores and in its catchment area has resulted in the ecosystem coming under stress.

Prespa (to the right of Lake Ohrid) is the name of two freshwater lakes shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. Of the total surface area, 190 km² belongs to the Republic of Macedonia, 84.8 km² to Greece and 38.8 km² to Albania. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).

The Great Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, while the Small Prespa Lake is shared only between Greece and Albania. With an abundance of rare fauna and flora, the area was declared a Transnational Park in 2000.

The Greek-Albanian Coast and the Prespa Lakes

March 31st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Albania - March 27th, 2009

Albania - March 27th, 2009

The Greek island of Corfu is visible in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Albania near the border with Greece. It is separated from the mainland by straits varying in breadth from 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 mi).

The area near the Greek-Albanian border is mountainous. Here, many ridges are covered with bright white snow. Moving north up the Albanian coast, several rivers spill sediments into the sea, creating tan and green trails in the deep blue waters.  To the south, the Greek coast is relatively clear.

Further inland, towards the top center part of the image, are two lakes: the Great Prespa Lake and the Small Prespa lake. These freshwater lakes are shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).