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Mountains of the Sila, Dividing Italy’s Basilicata and Calabria Regions – January 20th, 2010

39.8N 16.2E

January 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

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The land of Italy’s Basilicata region is rich in water, with five important rivers and many lakes, two of which are visible here: Monte Cotugno Lake (larger, right) and the Lake of Pietra del Pertusillo (smaller, left), both artificial. Built for irrigation purposes, these large basins have now become a paradise for wildlife.

The border between the Basilicata (above) and Calabria (below) regions runs through the mountains visible south of Monte Cotugno Lake in thisĀ orthorectified image. These mountains are part of the Sila, a mountainous plateau that occupies part of the provinces of Crotone, Cosenza and Catanzaro in Calabria.

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