Curonian Spit, satellite image

Curonian Spit, satellite image

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Credit: NASA/GSFC/ASTER SCIENCE TEAM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Curonian Spit, satellite image. North is towards upper left. The Curonian Spit is an elongated sand dune peninsula on the Baltic Sea coast, shared between Lithuania (right) and the Russian enclave of Kalingrad (bottom). It is 98 kilometres long and 0.4 to 4 kilometres wide. Humans have inhabited it since prehistoric times, and it is the efforts of humans that have preserved it from erosion by wind and waves. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Image acquired on 25 July 2006 by the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite.

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