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Southern Sweden, with its plethora of lakes, is visible in this west-looking, high-oblique photograph. The lakes were created when the continental glaciers scoured this area and then receded, allowing the countless depressions to fill with water. In addition to numerous smaller lakes that are generally aligned in a north-south orientation, two large lakes - larger Lake Vanern and Lake Vattern - can be seen toward the northern edge of the photograph. The dark green area inland from the coast is forested lands. Image courtesy of NASA.
In the style of Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night," massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a large Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, shown in this false-color satellite image. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants. Image courtesy of USGS.
The Wrangel and Stenbock Palaces and the Riddarholmen Church in central Stockholm. The church serves as the burial place for Swedish monarchs and is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, with sections dating to the late 13th century.
A view of the Stockholm harbor shoreline.
A pillar near Stockholm City Hall bears the figure of Englbrekt Engelbrektson, leader of a 1434 rebellion for Swedish independence from Denmark.
The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Since 1901, Nobel Prize laureates and their families have all been guests of the hotel.
Admiralty House (built 1647-50) on the islet of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Formerly occupied by the Royal Swedish Navy, it today houses the Swedish Tourist Association. The steel, full-rigged ship is the "af Chapman." Built in the UK in 1888, it served as a training ship and made several trips around the world. No longer in active service, it presently is a youth hostel.
A Stockholm sunset outlines the distinctive City Hall (Stadshuset) on Lake Malaren.
Ice hotel (2005).