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Mountains Around Strait of Messina, Italy

38.2N 15.6E

May 28th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

The Strait of Messina is the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily (left) and the southern tip of Calabria (upper right) in the south of Italy. At its narrowest point, it is 3.1 km (1.9 miles) wide.

The city of Messina can be seen as a small white area southwest of the narrowest point of the strait. The bright white area on northeastern coast is an industrial area near the city of Milazzo.

In this ASAR image, the lines on the water show its movement through the strait and in the sea to the south.

Another prominent feature is the  Mount Etna volcano (left). The mountains in this image can be observed with great clarity, thanks to the orthorectification technique used to eliminate geometric distortion.

Volcanic Peaks of Mount Etna and Aeolian Islands, Italy

37.7N 14.9E

February 4th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - February 2nd, 2012

The island of Sicily (left) and southern Italy (right) are separated by the Strait of Messina, which connects the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea, within the central Mediterranean.Visible near the eastern coast of Sicily is Mount Etna, and visible off the northern coast are the Aeolian Islands.

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It also is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands (Italian: Isole Eolie) are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Scientifically the archipelago is defined as a “volcanic arc”. There are two active volcanoes – Stromboli and Vulcano. The volcanic activity of steaming fumaroles and thermal waters are on most of the islands.

Mountains and Volcanoes of Sicily, Italy

37.5N 13.9E

October 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Volcanoes

Italy - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Sicily’s roughly triangular shape, separated to the east from the Italian region of Calabria through the Strait of Messina.

The terrain of inland Sicily is mostly hilly. Along the northern coast, mountain ranges of Madonie (2000 m), Nebrodi (1800 m) and Peloritani (1300 m) represent an extension of mainland Appennines. The cone of Mount Etna dominates over the eastern coast. In the south-east lie lower Hyblaean Mountains (1000 m).

Ash Plume from Mount Etna – December 7th, 2010

37.7N 14.9E

December 7th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments, Volcanoes

Mount Etna, Italy - December 7th, 2010

Mount Etna, capped with snow, can be seen on the eastern end of Sicily, Italy. At the time this image was taken, winds were blowing a small ash plume due east.

The northern and southern coasts of Sicily are flanked by tan and green sediments. Part of the tip of the Calabria region and the Strait of Messina are also visible.

Mountains of Sicily and Calabria, Italy

37.8N 14.8E

August 7th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Italy - July 30th, 2010

This image shows the southern part of the Italian peninsula and the Italian island of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is separated from the mainland by the Strait of Messina, which  measures 3.1 km (1.9 miles) in breadth at its narrowest point.

The Italian province at the very south of the peninsula is called Calabria. It is connected to the peninsula by the Monte Pollino massif, while on the east, south and west it is surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.

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.

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