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Mountains of the Gargano Peninsula, Italy

41.7N 15.8E

December 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Italy - November 24th, 2009

The Gargano Peninsula in Italy’s Apulia region occupies the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image. Monte Gargano forms the backbone of the peninsula. Two lakes can be seen near the shores of the peninsula at the top of the image: Lake Lesina (left) and Lake Varano (right).

The Gargano Peninsula, or promontory, is one of the only mountainous areas in Apulia. Situated at the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula, Apulia covers over 19,357 km2 in succession of broad plains and low-lying hills, and is the least mountainous region in the country.

Southern Italy, Between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas and the Gulf of Taranto

40.4N 16.4E

November 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Italy - October 7th, 2009

Italy - October 7th, 2009

The terrain of southern Italy appears divided in two, between the flatter lands near the Adriatic Coast (above) and the more mountainous terrain towards Tyrrhenian Sea (below).

Upon opening the full image, many cities and towns in the Apulia region appear as tan circular areas on the flatter Adriatic side. The main exception to this generally plain-like topography is the Gargano Peninsula (top left corner), home to Monte Gargano.

Also of note on the peninsula are Lake Lesina  (left) and Lake Varano (right), both dark green, separated from the Adriatic by a thin strip of land and dunes. Sediments line the coast of the peninsula, particularly to the right. Other swirls of sediments are also visible in the full image along the shores of the Gulf of Taranto (right).

Continuing to the right along the shoreline, towns cities such as Bari appear as tan patches amidst the green terrain. On the bottom right, by Apulia’s border with the Basilicata Region, the Basento River spills tan sediments into the Gulf of Taranto.

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Lakes and Mountains in Apulia, Italy – June 3rd, 2009

41.4N 15.5E

June 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Apulia, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Apulia, Italy - May 11th, 2009

This ASAR (radar) image makes it possible to observe the direction of currents in the Adriatic Sea around the coast of the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, Italy.

The peninsula’s mountain, Monte Gargano, is visible without geometric distortion in this orthorectified image.

Below the peninsula, the city of Foggia is visible on flatter ground, as is the city of Bari on the coast on the far right.

Several bodies of water can also be seen near the coast west of Monte Gargano, including Lake Lesina (left) and Lake Varano (right).

Lake Lesina is the ninth largest lake in Italy and the second of the southern part of the country. It is about 22 km long, an average of 2.4 km wide and covers an area of 51.4 km².

Two canals, Acquarotta and Schiapparo link it to the Adriatic Sea, from which it is separated by a dune known as Bosco Isola, between 1 and 2 km in width and 16 km in length.

Lake Varano, which is actually a lagoon, has a surface area of about 60,5 km², making it the largest coastal lake in Italy and the largest lake in the south of the country. Its depths range from 2 to 5 meters as one gradually moves away from its center.

Like Lake Lesina, it is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a very thin line of earth, which is about 10km long and 1km wide and covered with pines, eucalyptus trees and other plantlife.