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Po Valley and Sediments Along Adriatic Coast, Italy

44.2N 12.4E

October 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Italy - August 27th, 2010

The valley around the River Po, in northern Italy, appears as a large, flat brownish green area between the steep Alps to the north and the long chain of the Apennines to the south.

Lake Garda can also be seen at the foot of the Alps. Further to the southeast, sediments line the eastern coast of the Italian Peninsula between the mouth of the River Po and the Gargano Peninsula (near right edge).

Spring View of Italy and Parts of Switzerland – May 2nd, 2010

42.3N 13.3E

May 2nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Only the peaks of mountains such as the Alps (above) and the Appennines (running down the backbone of the Italian peninsula) are snow-covered in this spring view of Italy.

Upon opening the full image, Lake Garda is visible at the southern foot of the Alps and Lakes Geneva, Neuchâtel and Constance (from west to east) are visible in Switzerland at the northern foot.

Moving to the coasts, the western shores are mostly free of sediments, while the eastern shore is framed by them, particularly near Venice and the River Po to the north and the Gargano Peninsula to the south.

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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Italy, from Naples to the Gargano Peninsula

41.3N 14.8E

August 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

This coast-to-coast image of Italy reaches from Naples on the Tyrrhenian Sea (below) to the Gargano Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea (above).

Of particular interest near Naples are Mount Vesuvius, located slightly inland in the center of the Gulf of Naples coastline, and various offshore islands including Ischia (left) and Capri (right) at either end of the gulf.

Moving across to the other coast, of note on the Gargano Peninsula are Lake Lesina  (left) and Lake Varano (right) along the northwestern shoreline. Greenish sediments framing the coastline highlight the thin strip of land and dunes separating the two lakes from the sea.

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