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Southern Italy, from Gargano Promontory to Calabria – April 22nd, 2012

42.8N 17.8E

April 22nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - January 4th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on southern Italy. Mountains can be observed along the western coast, particularly in Calabria, while the eastern coast appears significantly flatter, with the exception of the terrain of the Gargano Promontory (near the left edge in the upper left quadrant). Many cities and towns appear as white circular areas parallel to the east coast. Visible in the upper part of the full image is the more mountains coastal terrain of the Balkans.

Haze Over Northern Italy and Sediments Around Gargano Promontory

40.5N 15.0E

March 6th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments, Volcanoes

Italy - March 3rd, 2012

Sediments line the Adriatic coast of Italy, particularly around the Gargano Promontory. Gargano is a historical and geographical Italian sub-region situated in Apulia, consisting of a wide isolated mountain massif made of highland and several peaks and forming the backbone of the Gargano Promontory projecting into the Adriatic Sea.

Moving northwards, haze can be seen over the Po Valley in the upper left quadrant. The valley is a plain around the River Po that extends approximately 650 km (400 mi) in an east-west direction, with an area of 46,000 km² (17,756 mi²); it runs from the Western Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

Visible in the lower part of the image, on the island of Sicily, is Mount Etna, its peak capped with white snow. In the full image, some faint ash can be seen spreading eastward from the volcano’s caldera, as Etna recently erupted for the third time in 2012 (click here for an article on the recent eruption).

Italy, from Naples and Mount Vesuvius to the Gargano Peninsula

40.8N 14.2E

May 17th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

The city of Naples (Italian: Napoli), capital of the region of Campania in southern Italy, is visible along the coast of the Bay of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the lower part of this image. Above, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, the Gargano Peninsula can be seen as well.

Naples is located halfway between two volcanic areas, the volcano Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields. Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a stratovolcano located about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. Here, white clouds hover above its peak.

Mountains of the Gargano Peninsula, Italy

41.7N 15.8E

December 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Italy - November 24th, 2009

The Gargano Peninsula in Italy’s Apulia region occupies the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image. Monte Gargano forms the backbone of the peninsula. Two lakes can be seen near the shores of the peninsula at the top of the image: Lake Lesina (left) and Lake Varano (right).

The Gargano Peninsula, or promontory, is one of the only mountainous areas in Apulia. Situated at the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula, Apulia covers over 19,357 km2 in succession of broad plains and low-lying hills, and is the least mountainous region in the country.

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.

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