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Titiwangsa Mountains Along Malay Peninsula

7.0N 99.9E

June 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Malay Peninsula - January 6th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the Malay Peninsula (or Thai-Malay Peninsula), a peninsula in Southeast Asia (visible in its entirety in the full image). The land mass runs approximately north-south and, at its terminus, is the southern-most point of the Asian mainland. The area contains the southernmost tip of Burma, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Southern Thailand.

The image shows the ridges and contours of the Titiwangsa Mountains, part of the Tenasserim Hills system, that form the backbone of the Peninsula. They form the southernmost section of the central cordillera which runs from Tibet through the Kra Isthmus (the Peninsula’s narrowest point) into the Malay peninsula.

Corsica, the Most Mountainous Mediterranean Island

42.0N 9.1E

June 18th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Corsica and Sardinia - January 6th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the ridges of mountains on the French island of Corsica. Formed through volcanic explosions, it is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean. Mountains comprise two-thirds of the island, forming a single chain. Monte Cinto is the highest peak at 2,706 metres (8,878 ft) and it has 20 other summits of more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). Visible to the south is the Italian island of Sardinia, from which it is separated by the Strait of Bonifacio.

Central Apennine Mountains in Peninsular Italy

42.3N 13.3E

June 17th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Italy - January 6th, 2012

The ridges of mountains running across this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image belong to the Apennines, a mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending about 1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy. The Apennine System forms an irregular arc with centers of curvature located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here, we focus on that central segment of the range. The center, being thicker and more complex, is geologically divided into an inner and an outer arc with regard to the centers of curvature.

Agriculture in Great Central Valley, California, USA

37.9N 121.6W

March 28th, 2012 Category: Mountains

USA - January 11th, 2012

While most of the land visible in this thumbnail of California’s Great Central Valley is flat, more mountainous terrain is visible to the north in the full version of this orthorectified image. Here, agricultural fields appear as dark and medium grey rectangles, while more populated areas tend to appear lighter in color.

Turin and Milan Near the Alps, Italy – February 22nd, 2012

45.4N 9.1E

February 22nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - February 2nd, 2012

This orthoctified wide-swath ASAR image shows the contours of the Alps, arching across northern Italy. The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west.

Much of the southern edge of the Alps is clearly delimited by the basin of the River Po. Here the cities of Milan (center) and Turin (left) can be seen near the foot of the Alps, appearing as bright white areas in the Po Valley. Visible along the southern part of the valley is the beginning of the Apennines mountain chain. The boundary between the Apennines and the Alps is usually taken to be the Colle di Cadibona, at 435 m above sea level, above Savona on the Italian coast.