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).