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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.

Thick Clouds Over Po Valley, Between Alps and Apennines, Italy – February 1st, 2011

44.9N 10.7E

February 1st, 2011 Category: Clouds, Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - January 16th, 2011

While the white snow on the Alps serves to highlight their ridges and differentiate them from the valleys below, the Italian terrain to the south is completely obscured by thick, white clouds.

This cloud cover rests between the Alps and the Apennines, sits over the Po Valley, and spreads out over Venice and the Adriatic. Lake Garda, however, is visible at the base of the Alps and just at the beginning of the thick fog layer.

Snow Atop the Alps and Apennines, Italy

45.5N 10.0E

January 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Italy - January 24th, 2011

Snow rests on the peaks of the Alps, bordering northern Italy, Switzerland and France. The valley of the River Po, below the towering mountains, is snow free.

Snow can also be seen atop the Apennine Mountains, creating an almost rectangular white shape that crosses the image diagonally from the center to the right edge. The white powder coats the crests of the mountains on the island of Corsica (bottom center, belonging to France), as well.

Also visible at the foot of the Alps is Lake Garda, in Italy near the top center. To the west, on the other side of the mountains, is Lake Geneva, in Switzerland. Both lakes appear dark blue in color.

Vegetation Index of Italy: High Near Apennines, Low in Apulia

41.4N 14.2E

September 7th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Italy - August 24th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the country of Italy, showing its vegetation index. The areas with the highest index, brownish red in color, are located in the north of the country, along the lower flanks of the Apennine Range.

Much of the rest of the country is green, indicating good values of photosynthetic activity. The areas of Italy with the lowest index of vegetation, whitish yellow, are present in the south of the country, in the Apulia region (known as Puglia in Italian).

Rome, Between the Apennines and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy – December 19th, 2009

41.8N 12.4E

December 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Italy - November 17th, 2009

Italy - November 17th, 2009

The city of Rome appears as a grey area near the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is located in the Lazio (Latium) region of central Italy on the Tiber River. The city is also crossed by another river, the Aniene, which joins the Tiber north of the historic centre.

Although the city centre is about 24 km (14.9 mi) inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the city territory extends to the shore, where the south-western district of Ostia is located. The altitude of the central part of Rome ranges from 13 m (43 ft) above sea level (at the base of the Pantheon) to 139 m (456 ft) above sea level (the peak of Monte Mario).

The Commune of Rome covers an overall area of about 1,285 km2 (496 sq mi), including many green areas. Visible near the city in this image are three lakes (from top to bottom): Lake Trasimeno, Lake Bolsena and Lake Bracciano. The Apennine Mountains, capped with snow on a few peaks, are visible in the upper part of the image as well.

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