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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 22, 2007 The Alps

By SpaceRef Editor
March 24, 2007
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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 22, 2007 The Alps


The Alps are a mountain range that runs through Europe, stretching from Austria in the east, to France in the west. Covered in snow, the Alps are easy to pick out in this MODIS Terrra image, captured on March 13, 2006. They surround the northern border of Italy, which is the peninsula extending towards the bottom of the image.

There are many countries visible in this image. Counter clockwise from the bottom right are, Bosnia & Herznogovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Black lines denote the country borders.

There are several large lakes visible in this image. Lake Geneva is in the west, on the border of France and Switzerland. The Bodensee is on the eastern border of Switzerland with Germany. In central Switzerland, in the Alps, is a lake that looks slightly greener than the others. This is where Interlaken is, between the Brienzer See and Thuner See.

On the other side of the Alps from Interlaken, in Italy, are two wishbone shaped lakes Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Lake Como is slightly hidden by small clouds. Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is further west.

SpaceRef staff editor.