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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.

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.