Today’s Image of the Day comes courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Lake Neusiedl, which sits along the border of Austria and Hungary.
The lake spans roughly 122 square miles, 93 of which sit on the Austrian side, while 29 square miles lie on the Hungary side.
This photo was taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station and shows the south end of the lake, where cracks in the ice suggest springtime melting is already underway.
Lake Neusiedl is located about 28 miles southwest of Vienna.Lake Neusiedl (German: Neusiedler See) or Fertő (Hungarian: Fertő (tó); Croatian: Nežidersko jezero, Niuzaljsko jezero; Slovene: Nežidersko jezero; Slovak: Neziderské jazero; Czech: Neziderské jezero) is the largest endorheic lake in Central Europe, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km2 (122 sq mi), of which 240 km2 (93 sq mi) is on the Austrian side and 75 km2 (29 sq mi) on the Hungarian side. The lake’s drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km2 (430 sq mi). From north to south, the lake is about 36 km (22 mi) long, and it is between 6 km (3 1⁄2 mi) and 12 km (7 1⁄2 mi) wide from east to west. On average, the lake’s surface is 115.45 m (378.8 ft) above the Adriatic Sea and the lake is no more than 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) deep.
The lake is one of the shallowest in Central Europe, measuring in at only 2 meters deep.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory