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Roccamonfina Volcano, Italy

December 28th, 2008 Category: Volcanoes

Roccamonfina Volcano, Italy - December 9th, 2008

Roccamonfina Volcano, Italy - December 9th, 2008

The extinct volcano Roccamonfina, which was active between 630,000 and 50,000 years ago, is found in Campania, Italy, between Rome and Naples.

Inside the caldera, two volcanic cones are visible: Mount Santa Croce and Mount Lattani.

Moving to the coast, the city of Gaeta can be seen on the piece of land hooking outward into the sea. To its right is the city of Formia, and to its left, Sperlonga.

Offshore, currents in the Tyrrhenian Sea are visible, swirling west-southwestward.

Crests of the Apennines in Central Italy – July 8th, 2009

42.3N 13.3E

July 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - June 2nd, 2009

Italy - June 2nd, 2009

This orthorectified, projected radar image stretches across central Italy. In the full image, the coasts of both the Adriatic (above) and Tyrrhenian Seas (below) can be seen.

The Apennine Mountains, a mountain range stretching about 1,200 km from the north to the south of Italy, run diagonally through the middle of the image. In the thumbnail, the city of L’Aquila can be observed by a valley near the center.

Of note in the full image is Roccamonfina, an extinct volcano  at the bottom right, near the shoreline. The two white areas inside the caldera are Mount Santa Croce and Mount Lattani, volcanic cones.

Snowfall on Mount Vesuvius, Italy

January 30th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

The peak of Mount Vesuvius (center) is covered by snow

The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

The slopes of the mountain are scarred by lava flows but are heavily vegetated, with scrub at higher altitudes and vineyards lower down.

Another volcano, Roccamonfina, can be seen to the northwest. It is notable for its caldera, which has a diameter of 6 km. Unlike Mount Vesuvius, it is not snow-capped here.

Offshore, an algal bloom is visible. It is stronger in the Gulf of Salerno (right) and along the coast above Naples (left). The bloom in the Gulf of Naples itself, however, is more clear.

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