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Mount Etna, Sicily

37.7N 14.9E

July 26th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - July 1st, 2009

Italy - July 1st, 2009

Wind and water currents, as well as passing ships, create different patterns in the Strait of Messina and the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and mainland Italy.

Onland, another interesting feature of this orthorectified image includes theĀ  Mount Etna volcano (lower left), whose flanks are covered in fertile volcanic soil that supports extensive agriculture. The sides of the volcano appear smoother in contrast with the mountains and hills to the north.

Mount Etna Capped with Snow

January 20th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy - January 19th, 2009

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy - January 19th, 2009

Mount Etna, capped with snow, can be seen on the eastern end of Sicily, Italy. Part of the tip of the Calabria region and the Strait of Messina are also visible.

Upon opening the full image, a river spilling tan sediments into the sea east of Mount Etna can be observed. Some sediments can also be seen off the southern coast of the island.

Some phytoplankton or algae is visible all around the coast of the island, as well as off the southern shore of the mainland.

Mountains of Sicily and Calabria, Italy – December 12th, 2009

38.0N 15.5E

December 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Italy - November 18th, 2009

Italy - November 18th, 2009

Part of the region of Calabria is visible to the upper right in this orthorectified image, at the very south of the Italian peninsula. It is connected to the rest of Italy by the Monte Pollino massif, while on the east, south and west it is surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.

The region is a long and narrow peninsula which stretches from north to south for 248 km, with a maximum width of 110 km. Some 42% of Calabria’s area, corresponding to 15,081 km2, is mountainous, 49% is hilly, while plains occupy only 9% of the region’s territory.

It is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina, where the narrowest point between Capo Peloro in Sicily and Punta Pezzo in Calabria is only 3.2 km.

The island of Sicily is also characterized by a densely mountainous landscape. The main mountain ranges are Madonie and Nebrodi in the north and Peloritani in the north-east, whereas the south-eastern Hyblaean are considered geologically as a continuation of the Italian Apennines. The volcano Mount Etna is located near the eastern shores.

Mounts Vesuvius and Etna, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

December 9th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Two volcanoes are visible near the coast of Italy, Mount Vesuvius by the city of Naples (upper left quadrant) and Mount Etna in Sicily (below image center).

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Taller than Mount Vesuvius, it currently stands 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. Here, its peak is capped with snow, while the summit of the lower Mount Vesuvius is not.

Sicily in Early Autumn – November 20th, 2009

November 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

The Italian island of Sicily shows more green vegetation in this image, taken in early autumn, than it does in the hotter and drier summer months (click here for an image of the area in summer). The skies are virtually cloud free, and the summit and flanks of Mount Etna are clearly visible as a dark brown area near the eastern shores.

In the upper right corner, the Strait of Messina separates Sicily from the Italian mainland region of Calabria. Also visible near the top of the image are the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, arranged in an arched shape in the Tyrrhenian Sea.