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Vegetation Index of Italy, Nations Near the Alps, and Mediterranean Isles – June 3rd, 2010

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June 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on Italy, including its islands of Sicily (lower right corner) and Sardinia (bottom, center). Other visible islands include Corsica (north of Sardinia), belonging to France, and two of Spain’s Balearic Islands: Majorca and Minorca (lower left corner).

Situated beyond the northern slopes of the Alps are France (left), Switzerland (center) and Austria (right). The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow and appear white, while most of the image is green, indicating a good vegetation index. Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (red) are visible, particularly in France.

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