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Island of Sylt by Jutland Peninsula, Denmark and Germany

January 26th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Denmark - December 31st, 2009

Denmark - December 31st, 2009

The west coast of the Jutland Peninsula, along the Wadden Sea, is marked by many inlets and nearby islands. Of particular interest is the T-shaped island of Sylt, below center. An imaginary line running from the island eastward across the peninsula would delineate the border between the countries of Denmark (above) and Germany (below).

Sylt, belonging to Germany’s North Frisian Islands, is well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline. With 99.14 km², Sylt is the fourth-largest German island and the largest North Sea island. Sylt is situated at 9 to 16 km off the mainland.

The island’s shape has constantly shifted over time, a process which is still ongoing today. It is frequently covered by the media in connection with its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides.

Today, Sylt extends for 38 km in a north-south direction and on its northern peak at Königshafen is only 320 m wide. Its widest distance, from the town of Westerland in the west to the eastern Nössespitze near Morsum, measures 12.6 km. On the western and northwestern shore a 40 km sand beach is located. Much of the Wadden Sea east of Sylt belongs to the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park and mostly falls dry during low tide.

The Islands of Sylt and Föhr off the Jutland Peninsula Coast, Germany – November 2nd, 2009

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November 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Germany and Denmark - October 22nd, 2009

Germany and Denmark - October 22nd, 2009

Numerous islands and inlets can be seen in the Wadden Sea along the west coast of the Jutland Peninsula. The border between the countries of Denmark (above) and Germany (below) runs horizontally approximately through the center of the image.

The two largest islands visible here are Sylt and Föhr. Sylt, belonging to the German state of Schleswig-Holstein and the northernmost island in Germany, is well known for the distinctive elongated shape of its shoreline and its 40 km long sandy beach.

It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and, with a surface area of 99.14 km², is the largest North Sea island. Sylt is situated at 9 to 16 km off the mainland. Southeast of Sylt the islands Föhr and Amrum are located, to the north lies the Danish island Rømø.

Föhr is also one of the North Frisian Islands and also belongs to the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany. It is 6.8 kilometres wide and 12 km long, the surface measures 82.82 km².