The European Commission on Saturday published a photo of Romania seen from space.
The image which was captured in October 2021 from the Sentinel-3 satellite (Copernicus EU).
This image of Romania – with the borders in white – shows the Carpathian mountains which sweep down from the north and across the center of the country.
Romania is home to the largest area of virgin forests in Europe, most of them in the Carpathians. These forests are home to brown bears, wolves and other animals, and many thermal and mineral springs can be found in the foothills, it notes.
The longest river in the EU – the Danube – flows along part of western Romania’s border with Serbia, as well as its southern border with Bulgaria.
The river then flows northward and empties into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta, which lies within Romania and Ukraine – visible on the right side of the image.
Designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1991, the Danube Delta is a labyrinth of river channels, lakes, bays, floodplains, marsh and reed beds. This vast triangular delta is home to an extremely rich variety of birds, fish, animals and plants.
Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation program which looks at the planet and its environment to benefit all European citizens. It offers information from satellite Earth Observation and in-situ (non-space) data.
The European Commission manages the Program. It is implemented in partnership with the Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Océan.