of Albania (Republika e Shqiperise) is a country in southeastern Europe, in a
strategic location along Strait of Otranto, bordering the Adriatic Sea and
Ionian Sea, between Greece in the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north.
Its terrain is mostly mountains and hills, with small plains along coast. The
highest point is Maja e Korabit 2,764 m. Counties: Berat, Diber, Durres, Elbasan,
Fier, Gjirokaster, Korce, Kukes, Lezhe, Shkoder, Tirane, Vlore. Major seaports
are Durres, Sarande, Shengjin and Vlore. Exports (commodities): textiles and
footwear; asphalt, metals and metallic ores, crude oil; vegetables, fruits and
tobacco. Border with Macedonia.
Lakes Ohrid & Prespa, Albania/Macedonia (NASA, Winter/Spring 1997) Located just
below the center of the image, Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake in the Balkans, can
be seen in this south-southeast looking view. Just to the left of Lake Ohrid is
Lake Prespa, the highest lake in the Balkans. The smaller Mikri Prespa is just
to the left (east) of Lake Prespa. Lake Ohrid is 25 miles (40 km) long and
covers and area of 130 sq. miles (340 km²). Lake Prespa is 14 miles (23 km)
long and approximately 8 miles (13 km) wide and covers an area of 112 sq. miles
(290 sq. km). Lake Prespa drains into Lake Ohrid through a series of underground
channels. The terrain around the lakes is hilly but not overly steep. The region
around the lakes supports a larger population than other inland areas in
Albania, northern Greece, and Macedonia. Most of Albania is visible in this view
(right of the lakes). The terrain, except for a narrow coastal plain, is
mountainous and often inaccessible. Soils are of a poor quality except in the
intermontaine river valleys, along Lakes Orhid and Prespa. The Vlores Gulf and
Adriatic Sea are visible in the top right corner of the image.