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Lakes Balaton and Neusiedl, Hungary

46.8N 17.7E

May 11th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Hungary - May 8th, 2012

Visible in the lower half of this image is the light greenish-blue Lake Balaton, a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. The region by the northern shores is mountainous, while the land by the southern shores is flat.

Visible to its northwest is the tan Lake Neusiedl, the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km², of which 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. The lake’s drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km². From north to south, the lake is about 36 km long, and it is between 6 km and 12 km wide from east to west.

Lake Balaton in Hungary, Central Europe’s Largest Lake

46.8N 17.7E

June 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Hungary - June 21st, 2011

Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe. The northern shores of the lake are quite mountainous.

The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. Here, sediments give the lake a green tinge.

 

Danube and Drava Rivers Flowing by Lake Balaton, Hungary

46.8N 17.7E

March 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Hungary - March 23rd, 2011

Lake Balaton, the large, green body of water near the center, is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe.The northern shore is mountainous, while the southern is flat.

The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. Here, the lake appears darkest green on the southwestern end, where the Zala River enters, and lighest on the northeastern end where the Sió exits.

Two other rivers can also be observed: the Danube and the Drava. The Danube flows across the top part of the image, north of the lake, before bending almost 90 degrees and flowing parallel to the right edge. The Drava flows across the bottom of the image, south of the lake.

Hungary’s Lake Balaton, Central and Eastern Europe

April 6th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Central and Eastern Europe - April 2nd, 2009

Central and Eastern Europe - April 2nd, 2009

Much of Central and Eastern Europe is visible here, including Germany (left), Poland (upper right), the Czech Republic (center), Slovakia (center right), Austria (lower left) and Hungary (lower right).

Standing out amidst the dark green and brown landscape, just east of the snow-capped Alps, is the bright green Lake Balaton.

Lake Balaton, located in Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe. Due to Hungary being landlocked, it is often affectionately called the “Hungarian Sea”.

The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.

With a surface area of 592 km² has a length of 77 km and a width ranging from 4 to 14 km. The lake’s surface is 104 m above sea level, and its depth varies up to 12.2 m (mean depth is 3.2 m).

Lake Balaton affects the local area precipitation per annum. The area receives approximately two to three inches (5-7 cm) more precipitation than most of Hungary, resulting in more cloudy days, and less extreme temperatures. The lake’s surface freezes during colder winters.

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