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Lake Brienz (German: Brienzersee) is a lake just north of the Alps, in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The lake took its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. Interlaken and the villages Matten and Unterseen lie to the south west of the lake. The shores are steep, and there is almost no shallow water in the entire lake.
Lake Brienz is the first lake in which river Aar (German: Aare) expands. When it leaves Lake Brienz, it soon joins Lake Thun.
The lake lies in a deep hollow between the village of Brienz on the east and, on the west, Bönigen, close to Interlaken. On the south shore are the Giessbach Falls and the hamlet of Iseltwald. On the north shore are a few small villages.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Brienz

The Alps (French: Alpes; German: Alpen; Italian: Alpi; Romansh: Alps; Slovene: Alpe) is the name for one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The word "Alps" was taken via French from Latin Alpes (meaning "the Alps"), which may be influenced by the Latin words albus (white) or altus (high) or more likely a Latin rendering of a Celtic or Ligurian original.

The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc, at 4,808 metres (15,774 ft), on the Italian-French border. All the main peaks of the Alps can be found in the list of mountains of the Alps and list of Alpine peaks by prominence.

The Alps are generally divided into the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps. The division is along the line between Lake Constance and Lake Como, following the Rhine. The Western Alps are higher, but their central chain is shorter and curved; they are located in Italy, France and Switzerland. The Eastern Alps (main ridge system elongated and broad) belong to Austria, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The Alps are a classic example of what happens when a temperate area at lower altitude gives way to higher elevation terrain. Elevations around the world which have cold climates similar to those found in polar areas have been called alpine. A rise from sea level into the upper regions of the atmosphere causes the temperature to decrease. The effect of mountain chains on prevailing winds is to carry warm air belonging to the lower region into an upper zone, where it expands in volume at the cost of a proportionate loss of heat, often accompanied by the precipitation of moisture in the form of snow or rain.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alps
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Astranat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
breathtaking! :)
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Oh... :clap: that beautiful image of the majesty of the Alps.

I was born and I live in the Cottian Alps [link] (North West of Italy), at the foot of Monviso [link]
So the mountain landscapes fascinate me forever!
In antiquity the Western Alps were the quintessential Alps crossed by Hannibal and Julius Caesar.
Even the name "Alps", which is used in the modern sense for the first time in Latin,
is borrowed from one language spoken in the Western Alps, probably Ligurian, which simply meant "mountains".


Have a wonderful day :)
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papandreou Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
superbe photo miss :-)
melange naturelle reussie ;-)
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HaloOfAWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Where was this taken at?
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