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Italy, from Naples to the Gargano Peninsula

41.3N 14.8E

August 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

This coast-to-coast image of Italy reaches from Naples on the Tyrrhenian Sea (below) to the Gargano Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea (above).

Of particular interest near Naples are Mount Vesuvius, located slightly inland in the center of the Gulf of Naples coastline, and various offshore islands including Ischia (left) and Capri (right) at either end of the gulf.

Moving across to the other coast, of note on the Gargano Peninsula are Lake Lesina  (left) and Lake Varano (right) along the northwestern shoreline. Greenish sediments framing the coastline highlight the thin strip of land and dunes separating the two lakes from the sea.

Sediments Along Italian Adriatic Coast

41.7N 15.7E

June 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - May 30th, 2009

Italy - May 30th, 2009

In the full image, the eastern coast of Italy along the Adriatic Sea is visible from the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, right, to the port city of Ancona,  in the Marche.

Green sediments frame the length of the coastline from Ancona to the Promontorio del Gargano, spilling around the tip of the peninsula and into the waters of the Gulf of Manfredonia, to its East.

Green sediments are also present along the coast of the Gulf of Manfredonia, though they appear slightly less concentrated.

Lakes and Mountains in Apulia, Italy – June 3rd, 2009

41.4N 15.5E

June 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Apulia, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Apulia, Italy - May 11th, 2009

This ASAR (radar) image makes it possible to observe the direction of currents in the Adriatic Sea around the coast of the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, Italy.

The peninsula’s mountain, Monte Gargano, is visible without geometric distortion in this orthorectified image.

Below the peninsula, the city of Foggia is visible on flatter ground, as is the city of Bari on the coast on the far right.

Several bodies of water can also be seen near the coast west of Monte Gargano, including Lake Lesina (left) and Lake Varano (right).

Lake Lesina is the ninth largest lake in Italy and the second of the southern part of the country. It is about 22 km long, an average of 2.4 km wide and covers an area of 51.4 km².

Two canals, Acquarotta and Schiapparo link it to the Adriatic Sea, from which it is separated by a dune known as Bosco Isola, between 1 and 2 km in width and 16 km in length.

Lake Varano, which is actually a lagoon, has a surface area of about 60,5 km², making it the largest coastal lake in Italy and the largest lake in the south of the country. Its depths range from 2 to 5 meters as one gradually moves away from its center.

Like Lake Lesina, it is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a very thin line of earth, which is about 10km long and 1km wide and covered with pines, eucalyptus trees and other plantlife.

Gargano Peninsula and Basento River, Italy

April 1st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Green sediments swirl in the Adriatic Sea around the coast of the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, Italy. The backbone of the peninsula is formed by the mountain Monte Gargano. Most of the upland area, about 1,211.18 km² above the development along the coasts and in the lower valleys, is now a national park, Parco nazionale del Gargano.

Gargano is partly mountainous and partly covered by the remains of an ancient forest, Foresta Umbra, the only remaining part in Italy of the ancient oak and beech forest that once covered much of Central Europe as well as the Appenine deciduous montane forests biome.

Continuing to the right along the shoreline, towns cities such as Bari appear as tan patches amidst the green terrain. On the bottom right, by Apulia’s border with the Basilicata Region, the Basento River spills tan sediments into the Gulf of Taranto.