Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lake Maggiore, Switzerland

Believe it or not, while I was writing the Aruba post, rain started I guess I just had to evoke the spirits and ta-da-da!!! Well, at least now I dont feels so bummed for not going out today...I surely would have been soaked to the bone :)

the second card for today comes from Switzerland showing Lake Maggiore, the largest in southern Switzerland. It also takes part of Italy, being the second largest lake there.
In particular this view is in the Switzerland's municipality of Gambarogno. Im just not sure about the exact building/church shown here...
The lake is 68 km long, with a breadth which varies from 3 to 5 km. . Its mean height above the sea level is 193 metres; but as its depth greatly exceeds that measurement, the bed is almost everywhere considerably below the sea-level, and reaches no less than 179 metres below the sea. Its form is very sinuous, so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. The lake basin has tectonic-glacial origins and its volume is 37 km³. The lake has a surface area of about 213 km², a maximum length of 54 km and, at its widest, is 12 km.

the two yellow stamps are from the famous Swiss issue of Cereals, issued in 2008, where this stamp represents the barley. The other stamp was issued in 2009 in a set of 3 Trees-Life support systems stamps. This stamp shows an Oak. 

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