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Fog Over Valley of River Po, Italy

45.4N 12.3E

January 31st, 2013 Category: Clouds

Italy – January 27th, 2013

A thick fog hangs over the valley of the River Po, in northern Italy, between the snow-capped peaks of the Alps (above) and the white peaks of the Apennines (below). The fog has a clear patch towards the center of the valley, south of Lake Garda, and by the Po Delta, south of Venice.

Mouth of the River Po on the Adriatic Sea, Italy

January 12th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Italy - December 16th, 2009

Italy - December 16th, 2009

The River Po appears here as a thick black line making its way across Italy to the Adriatic Sea. Other smaller rivers and streams can also be seen north and south of the Po’s main waterway.

Here, the delta created by the River Po can be observed extending outwards into the Adriatic. It is considered an active delta, as its channels connect to the sea, particularly between the cities of Chioggia and Comacchio.

The Active Delta of the River Po in Italy, South of Chioggia

45.2N 12.2E

November 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Italy - October 7th, 2009

Italy - October 7th, 2009

The River Po flows eastward across northern Italy to the Adriatic Sea. Here, its delta can be seen along the shores of the sea. Along the coast, northwest of the delta, is the coastal town of Chioggia in the Veneto Region, situated on a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice. It appears here as a white area at the top center.

The most recent part of the Po Delta projects into the Adriatic between Chioggia and Comacchio. It contains channels that actually connect to the Adriatic and on that account is called the active delta by the park authorities, as opposed to the fossil delta, which contains channels that used to but no longer connect the Po to the Adriatic.

The active delta was created in 1604 when the city of Venice diverted the main stream, the Po grande or Po di Venezia, from its channel north of Porto Viro to the south of Porto Viro in a channel then called the Taglio di Porto Viro, or “Porto Viro cut-off.”

The River Po Between the Alps and the Apennines – October 6th, 2009

October 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Italy - September 1st, 2009

Italy - September 1st, 2009

The River Po meanders its way eastward across northern Italy, spilling greenish sediments through its delta into the Adriatic Sea. These sediments flank the coastline from Venice, north of the delta, to Ancona (in the bottom right corner of the full image). Also visible in the full image is the city of Trieste, near the border with Croatia, in the upper right.

To the north, the blue waters of Lake Garda are visible above the River Po at the foot of the Alps. Little snow can be seen on the mountains due to the warm summer temperatures. To the south, below the Po, the Apennines are also visible

Fitzroy River Pouring Sediments into King Sound, Australia – April 5th, 2009

April 5th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Rivers, Tropical Cyclones

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Close-up of coast

Close-up of coast

The Fitzroy River fills the waters of the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula (bottom left) in Australia, with tan sediments.

King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean.

It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width. The port town of Derby lies near the mouth of the Fitzroy River on the eastern shore of King Sound.

King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby.

To the West, the Dampier Peninsula isĀ  located north of Broome in Western Australia, Australia, surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and the King Sound to the east. The northern most part of the peninsula is Cape Leveque.

Close-up of rivermouths

Close-up of rivermouths

Moving eastward, many islands can be seen off the coast, including the Buccaneer Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Derby. Most of these islands are ringed by greenish sediments pouring into the ocean from rivers on the Australian mainland.