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The River Po Between the Alps and the Apennines – October 6th, 2009

October 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Italy - September 1st, 2009

Italy - September 1st, 2009

The River Po meanders its way eastward across northern Italy, spilling greenish sediments through its delta into the Adriatic Sea. These sediments flank the coastline from Venice, north of the delta, to Ancona (in the bottom right corner of the full image). Also visible in the full image is the city of Trieste, near the border with Croatia, in the upper right.

To the north, the blue waters of Lake Garda are visible above the River Po at the foot of the Alps. Little snow can be seen on the mountains due to the warm summer temperatures. To the south, below the Po, the Apennines are also visible

Fitzroy River Pouring Sediments into King Sound, Australia – April 5th, 2009

April 5th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Rivers, Tropical Cyclones

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Close-up of coast

Close-up of coast

The Fitzroy River fills the waters of the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula (bottom left) in Australia, with tan sediments.

King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean.

It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width. The port town of Derby lies near the mouth of the Fitzroy River on the eastern shore of King Sound.

King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby.

To the West, the Dampier Peninsula is  located north of Broome in Western Australia, Australia, surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and the King Sound to the east. The northern most part of the peninsula is Cape Leveque.

Close-up of rivermouths

Close-up of rivermouths

Moving eastward, many islands can be seen off the coast, including the Buccaneer Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Derby. Most of these islands are ringed by greenish sediments pouring into the ocean from rivers on the Australian mainland.

The Delta of the River Po, Italy – March 17th, 2009

March 17th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Mouth of the River Po, Italy - March 10th, 2009

Mouth of the River Po, Italy - March 10th, 2009

Green sediments extend outward into the Adriatic Sea from the mouths of the River Po on Italy’s eastern coast.  The River Po has a drainage area of 71,000 km² and is the longest river in Italy.

The Po flows 652 km (405 miles) (or 682 km by considering the length of the system from the source of Maira River, a right side tributary) eastward across northern Italy.

It begins by Monviso (in the Cottian Alps) and ends in the Adriatic Sea near Venice (farther north along the coastline).

Near the end of its course, the River Po creates a wide delta with hundreds of small channels and five main ones, called Po di Maistra, Po della Pila, Po delle Tolle, Po di Gnocca and Po di Goro.

Turin and Milan Near the Alps, Italy – February 22nd, 2012

45.4N 9.1E

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

Italy - February 2nd, 2012

This orthoctified wide-swath ASAR image shows the contours of the Alps, arching across northern Italy. The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west.

Much of the southern edge of the Alps is clearly delimited by the basin of the River Po. Here the cities of Milan (center) and Turin (left) can be seen near the foot of the Alps, appearing as bright white areas in the Po Valley. Visible along the southern part of the valley is the beginning of the Apennines mountain chain. The boundary between the Apennines and the Alps is usually taken to be the Colle di Cadibona, at 435 m above sea level, above Savona on the Italian coast.

Sediments Along Adriatic Coast, Italy – October 22nd, 2011

42.8N 12.1E

October 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - October 18th, 2011

Sediments line the eastern coast of Italy, along the Adriatic Sea. By the western coast, an area of convection can be observed over the Gulf of Genoa (Golfo di Genova), the northernmost part of the Ligurian Sea.

Also of note is the partially snow-capped arch of the Alps in the upper part of the image. South of the mountains is the valley of the River Po, in northern Italy. The terrain becomes mountainous once more (the Apennines) as one moves southward along the backbone of the Italian peninsula.