NM23-762-198

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Spacecraft nadir point: 50.6° N, 2.5° W

Photo center point: 54.5° N, 7.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 209 nautical miles (387km)
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Image Caption: NM23-762-198 Lakes Erne and Neagh, Great Britain Winter/Spring 1997
Most of the area, except of the far eastern portion, of Northern Ireland can be seen in this northeast-looking view. Most notable in this view are two large lakes. Near the right center of the image is Lake Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. The lake is 18 miles (29 km) long and 11 miles (18km) wide and covers an area of 153 sq. miles (396 sq. km). Lake Neagh is not a deep lake, but it is noted for its pollan, trout, and eel fisheries. Mesolithic man is believed by archeologists to have first appeared here in Ireland near the lake around 6000 B.C. In the lower left portion of the image, the semi-circular shaped Lake Erne is visible. Lake Erne is 18 miles (29 km) long. In the upper left corner of the image and discernible under wispy high cirrus clouds is Malin Head, the northernmost point of the country of Ireland.