Pleiades-1A Satellite Image of Galesnjak, Croatia – “Island of Love”
Pasman Channel, Adriatic Sea
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Pleiades-1 Satellite Image (0.5m) – Galesnjak, Croatia – “Island of Love” located between the islands of Pasman and the town of Turanj on mainland Croatia, the Island of Love is one of the worlds few naturally occurring heart-shaped objects.
The island has a surface area of 0.132 km2, with its beach measuring 1.55 km in length. The island features two peaks, the highest of which is 36 m high above sea level.
Galesnjak is privately owned and contains only wild plants and trees. Human activity recorded on this island are three known Illyrian burial mounds and remains of an ancient building’s foundations.
The island’s unusual shape was first recorded in the early 19th century by Napoleon’s cartographer Charles-Francois Beautemps-Beaupre, who included it in his 1806 atlas of the Dalmatian coast (kept today at the National and University Library in Zagreb).
The island was highlighted on Google Earth in February 2009, which brought the island to worldwide attention.