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Lakes Between Rome and Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Italy - December 31st, 2011

This image focuses on central Italy, from the Adriatic (above) to the Tyrrhenian (below) Seas. The Adriatic Coast is lined by sediments, while the Tyrrhenian coastline is mostly sediment free. The ridges of the Apennine Mountains can be seen running down the middle of the Italian peninsula, part of which are capped by snow.

The city of Rome can be seen in the full image, appearing as a grey area near the coast in the bottom half of the image. Visible to the west and northwest of the city are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano (dark blue, closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (dark blue, northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (light blue, located near the center of the width of the peninsula).

A Rare Occurrence: Water in Lake Frome, Australia

30.6S 139.8E

January 31st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - January 16th, 2011

Visible in the top left corner is Lake Frome, a large endorheic lake in South Australia, east of the Northern Flinders Ranges. It is a large, shallow, unvegetated salt pan, 100 km long and 40 km wide, lying mostly below sea level and having a total surface area of 259,615 hectares.

It only rarely fills with brackish water flowing down usually dry creeks in the Northern Flinders Ranges from the west, or exceptional flows down the Strzelecki Creek from the north. In this image, it seems to contain water and is tan and pink in color, as opposed to its usual white appearance (click here for previous images).

Lake Bracciano Northwest of Rome, Italy

42.1N 12.2E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

The city of Rome appears as a tan area spreading inland from the coast in the lower right corner. Visible to the left are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano, Lake Bolsena and Lake Trasimeno (light blue).

The closest to Rome is Lake Bracciano, circular and dark blue in color. It lies in the Sabatini Mountains, just northwest of the city, and is drained by the Arrone River on its southeast side. Mineral hot springs along its shores recall its earlier geologic formation from a group of volcanic craters.

The surface lies 538 feet (164 m) above sea level, with an area of 22 square miles (58 square km). The maximum depth is 525 feet (160 m) and the diameter is about 5.5 miles (9 km).

Flinders Ranges Between Lakes Torrens and Frome, Australia

31.5S 138.6E

April 30th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Salt Flats

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The brown Flinders Ranges lie between the greyish white Lake Torrens (left) and Lake Frome (right). They comprise the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 200 km north west of Adelaide.

Lake Torrens is a 5,700 square kilometre endorheic saline rift lake in South Australia. It forms part of the same rift valley that includes Spencer Gulf to the south and is approximately 240 km long. Lake Torrens is usually a dry salt flat. It has only been filled with water once in the past 150 years.

Lake Frome is a large endorheic lake in South Australia, east of the Northern Flinders Ranges. It is a large, shallow, unvegetated playa or saltpan, 100 km long and 40km wide, lying mostly below sea level and having a total surface area of 259,615 hectares. It only rarely fills with brackish water flowing down usually dry creeks in the Northern Flinders Ranges from the west, or exceptional flows down the Strzelecki Creek from the north.

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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