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Italian Peninsula and Nearby Islands – July 19th, 2010

45.5N 10.6E

July 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy - July 4th, 2010

Italy - July 4th, 2010

Two ranges of mountains can be observed in this image of Italy: the Alps, capped with snow and shaped like an arch in the upper left quadrant, and the Apennine Mountains, in a line down the backbone of the Italian Peninsula.

The large valley south of the Alps is that of the River Po. Sediments from the river add a greenish hue to the Adriatic Sea, on the right side of the peninsula.

Several lakes can also be observed, including the dark blue Lake Garda at the foot of the alps, and a cluster of lakes near Rome, on the Tyrhennian side of the peninsula. These are Lake Bracciano (closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (greenish blue and closer to the Apennines).

Several large islands can also be seen: Sicily, near the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, and Corsica (above) and Sardinia (below), left of the image center. Corsica belongs to France, while the other two belong to Italy.

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