Central Europe As Seen From Space

The European Space Agency, courtesy of the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer onboard the Envisat satellite captured this image of Central Europe on March 22 at a resolution of 300 m.

The image shows the snowy Alps contrasted heavily by the predominantly large section still covered by winter foliage. The image shows coastline of southern France (bottom left) into Switzerland (east of France), Italy (bottom right) and Austria (east of Switzerland). It then runs down through Slovenia (south of Austria), Croatia (bottom right side), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro before ending in Albania.

Also visible is the crescent-shaped Lake Geneva which is north of the Alps towards the bottom left, and Lake Neuchâtel (above Lake Geneva) and Lake Constance (northeast of Lake Neuchâtel) straddling the border of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Adapted from European Space Agency on Flickr

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