Amsterdam in the Western Netherlands Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features a Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite view of Amsterdam, located in the Western Netherlands.
The capital city consists of 90 islands, more than 62 miles of canals, and thousands of bridges.
About one-third of the country lies below sea level. Amsterdam is situated around two meters below sea level, while the lowest point in the Netherlands is positioned almost seven meters below sea level.
The North Sea is visible on the left part of the image and Flevoland – one of the world’s largest artificial islands – is visble to the right. Amsterdam is located in the Western Netherlands, in the province of North Holland, therefore it is not its capital which is Haarlem. The Amstel River ends in the city centre and connects to a large number of canals that eventually terminate in the IJ. The Netherlands is located at the near 3 of Europe’s major rivers: the Rhine, the Meuse and the Schelde. The nation’s 2 largest cities are Amsterdam, with a population of 1.1 million, and Rotterdam, also with 1.1 million people and also one of the largest well known cities with a lot of history behind it.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: ESA