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Mountains of Sardinia and Corsica – December 23rd, 2009

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December 23rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sardinia and Corsica - November 17th, 2009

Sardinia and Corsica - November 17th, 2009

The islands of  Sardinia (below), belonging to Italy, and Corsica (above), belonging to France, are separated by the Strait of Bonifacio. It is about 7 miles (11 km) wide and divides the Tyrrhenian Sea from the western Mediterranean Sea. The strait is notorious for its weather, currents, shoals, and other obstacles.

Mountains comprise two-thirds of Corsica, forming a single chain, some of which is capped with snow in this image. Monte Cinto is the highest peak at 2,706 metres (8,880 ft), and 20 other summits reach higher than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft).

The coasts of Sardinia (1,849 km long) are generally high and rocky, with ample and deep bays and inlets surrounded by smaller isles. The center of the island is occupied by the Gennargentu, a large mountain massif whose highest peaks are Punta La Marmora (1,834 m), Monte Limbara (1,362 m) and Mount Rasu (1,259 m).

The island’s massifs and plateaus are separated by large alluvial valleys and flatlands; the main plains are the Campidano, located in the southwest between Oristano and Cagliari, and the Nurra, in the northwest.

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