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Islands by East and West Coasts of Denmark

55.5N 9.2E

October 18th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Denmark - October 13th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on the Jutland Peninsula, shared by Denmark (above) and Germany (below). The islands along the lower half of the peninsula’s western coast and extending southwestward along the coast of Germany by the base of the peninsula are the Frisian Islands. The archipelago shields the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (large parts of which fall dry during low tide) from the North Sea.

Visible off the eastern coast of the peninsula, between Denmark and Sweden, are several large Danish islands. The two largest are Funen (Fyn, in Danish) and Zealand (Sjælland, in Danish). These islands lie between the Kattegat (above) and the Baltic Sea (right).

Islands and Sediments by Coast of the Netherlands

51.4N 3.8E

May 5th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Netherlands - May 2nd, 2011

In the upper right quadrant of this image of the Netherlands (Holland), greenish sediments and algal growth can be noted in the IJsselmeer and Markermeer, two large lakes separated by a dike, the Houtribdijk.

Continuing northward, brownish sediments can be observed in the Wadden Sea, between the Frisian Islands and the mainland.

Some other islands can be observed to the south, in the province of Zeeland. Located in the south-west of the country, the province consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning “sea-land”) and a strip bordering Belgium.

The province of Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time.

Afsluitdijk and Houtribdijk Delineating the IJsselmeer, Netherlands

52.7N 5.3E

March 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Netherlands - February 17th, 2011

This APM image shows the Afsluitdijk, a major causeway in the Netherlands, running 32 kilometers from North Holland province to Friesland province. It is visible here as a light green line separating the Wadden Sea (part of the North Sea, above) from the IJsselmeer (below).

Also visible near the bottom of the image is the Houtribdijk, a 30-kilometer-long dike connecting the cities of Lelystad and Enkhuizen. On one side of the dike is the Markermeer (bottom) and on the other is the IJsselmeer.

West Frisian Islands Separating Wadden and North Seas, the Netherlands

53.0N 5.1E

December 10th, 2010 Category: Lakes

The Netherlands - December 8th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the West Frisian Islands, a chain of islands in the North Sea off the Dutch coast. They belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The islands shield the mudflat region of the Wadden Sea (between the islands and the mainland), large parts of which fall dry during low tide, from the North Sea (above and left). Two other bodies of waters connected to the Wadden Sea can be observed here: the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer.

The IJsselmeer appears various shades of grey and black, and is partially frozen. The Markermeer, connected to the IJsselmeer and best observed at the bottom of the full image, also appears partially frozen. Both lakes are shallow, the former about 5 to 6 meters in depth and the latter about 3 to 5 meters in depth.

Dutch Coastal Bodies of Water: Markermeer, IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea – May 31st, 2010

May 31st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Netherlands - April 18th, 2010

Netherlands - April 18th, 2010

Several bodies of water are visible near the coast of the Netherlands: the Markermeer (bright green), the IJsselmeer (dark blue) and the Wadden Sea (green, closest to the open ocean).

The Markermeer is a 700 km² lake in the central Netherlands in between North Holland, Flevoland and its larger sibling, the IJsselmeer. A shallow lake at some 3 to 5 m in depth, it is named after the small former island, now peninsula, of Marken that lies within it.

IJsselmeer (sometimes translated as Lake IJssel, alternative international spelling: Lake Yssel) is a shallow lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the provinces of Flevoland, North Holland and Friesland, with an average depth of 5 to 6 m. It is named after the IJssel river that drains into it via a smaller lake, the Ketelmeer. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake in Western Europe.

The Wadden Sea (Dutch: Waddenzee) is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea. It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands.

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