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Central Apennine Mountains in Peninsular Italy

42.3N 13.3E

June 17th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Italy - January 6th, 2012

The ridges of mountains running across this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image belong to the Apennines, a mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending about 1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy. The Apennine System forms an irregular arc with centers of curvature located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here, we focus on that central segment of the range. The center, being thicker and more complex, is geologically divided into an inner and an outer arc with regard to the centers of curvature.

Apennines and Mount Etna, Italy – May 5th, 2012

40.8N 15.3E

May 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - April 28th, 2012

The Apennine Mountains are a mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending c. 1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy. Here, their slopes appear mostly brown, with snow-capped peaks in some places. In the southwest they end at Reggio di Calabria, the coastal city at the tip of the peninsula.

Since about 2000 the Ministry of the Environment of Italy, following the recommendations of the Apennines Park of Europe Project, has been defining the Apennines System to include the mountains of north Sicily, for a total distance of 1,500 kilometres (930 mi). Here, the volcano Mount Etna can be observed in eastern Sicily, with brown slopes and a snow-capped peak.

Lakes Between Rome and Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Italy - December 31st, 2011

This image focuses on central Italy, from the Adriatic (above) to the Tyrrhenian (below) Seas. The Adriatic Coast is lined by sediments, while the Tyrrhenian coastline is mostly sediment free. The ridges of the Apennine Mountains can be seen running down the middle of the Italian peninsula, part of which are capped by snow.

The city of Rome can be seen in the full image, appearing as a grey area near the coast in the bottom half of the image. Visible to the west and northwest of the city are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano (dark blue, closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (dark blue, northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (light blue, located near the center of the width of the peninsula).

Bologna Near the Apennine Mountains, Italy

44.4N 11.3E

January 8th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Italy - December 29th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows urban areas in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Visible near the right edge is the city of Bologna, the capital city of the region. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains, which are visible in the lower part of the image.

More specifically, Bologna is located in the Padana Plains, at the foot of the Apennines, between the Reno and Savena river valleys. The provincial territory stretches out from the western edge of the Padana Plains on the border with Ferrara to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, ranging from 29 meters above sea level in the suburb of Corticella and 54m downtown to 300 meters above sea level in Sabbiuno and the Colle della Guardia, and 1945 meters above sea level at Corno alle Scale.

Wave Clouds Over Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

January 3rd, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Mountains, Sediments

Italy - December 26th, 2011

Sediments line the Adriatic coast of Italy (right) while the western coast is mostly clear. Several rounded crater lakes are visible near the west coast in the central part of the country, the largest of which is Lake Bolsena, formed starting 370,000 years ago following the collapse of a caldera of the Vulsini volcanic complex into a deep aquifer.

Visible northeast of the lake are wave clouds, formed by atmospheric internal waves that are created as stable air flows over a raised land feature such as a mountain range, and can form either directly above or in the lee of the feature. Here, the wave clouds have formed over the Apennine Mountains.