Multiple scans from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite have been stitched together to create this complete image of Switzerland. (…)
The southern part of the country is dominated by the Alps, some of which are snow-capped. One of the more obvious features in the lower central part of the image is the curved x-shape of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps. Owing to climate change, the glaciers in this region are showing long-term retreat.
North of the Alps, the landscape descends into the Central Plateau, which covers about a third of Switzerland and is home to major cities like Zurich and the de facto capital city, Bern. It is the most densely populated region and hosts the majority of the country’s industry, manufacturing and farming.
Along the northwestern edge of the country are the Jura mountains, consisting of a sequence of ‘folds’ in the geology, visible in the image as linear ridges running roughly southwest to northeast. … (ESA/Sentinel)