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Turin and Viverone Lake Below the Alps, Italy

45.4N 8.0E

February 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy - February 17th, 2010

Italy - February 17th, 2010

The city of Turin (lower left quadrant) is located in northwest Italy. It is surrounded on the western and northern front by the Alps and on the eastern front by a high hill that is the natural continuation of the hills of Monferrato.

Four major rivers pass through the city: the Po and two of its tributaries, the Dora Riparia (later changed to “Duria Minor” by the Romans, from the Celtic duria meaning “water”), the Stura di Lanzo, and the Sangone.

Visible below the Alps just to the right of the center of this orthorectified image is Lago di Viverone, or Viverone Lake. Named after the town of Viverone, it lies between the districts of Biella, Vercelli and Ivrea in the area of morainic hills known as Serra. It has an area of about 6 km2 and a maximum depth of 70 m, and a perimeter of about 10.5 km. The lake is 3,500 m long and 2,600 m wide.

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