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Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy

37.3N 14.6E

July 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots, Volcanoes

Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy - May 30th, 2009

Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy - May 30th, 2009

Patchy clouds dot the skies over most of Sicily; the only area completely obscured by cloud-cover is the eastern flank of Mount Etna. The Strait of Messina and much of the Sicilian coastline, can be seen quite clearly.

The arch of the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, is visible in the Tyrrhenian Sea above Sicily. This volcanic archipelago includes the islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.

Clouds Lining the Coast of Calabria, Italy

May 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - May 8th, 2009

Italy - May 8th, 2009

In this view of southern Italy, a line of clouds frames the west coast of Calabria. The shoreline becomes clear towards Sicily, making thin tan lines of beaches visible.

The coast of the Strait of Messina can be observed sharply as it is also cloud free and no sediments are present in the water.

Moving further south in Sicily, the brown flanks of Mount Etna stand out amidst the surrounding green terrain.

To the north, off the Sicilian coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea, are the Aeolian Islands (Italian: Isole Eolie).  These seven islands make up a volcanic archipelago with two active volcanoes: Stromboli and Vulcano.

Sediments Around Sicilian Coast

March 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sicily, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Sicily, Italy - March 27th, 2009

In the northern hemisphere, spring has arrived and with it, warmer temperatures; however, Mount Etna and other mountains in Sicily (center) and the region of Calabria (upper right) remain capped with snow.

The northern and southern coasts of Sicily are flanked by tan and green sediments. The island’s eastern coast, the Strait of Messina (between Sicily and the Italian mainland), and most of  the shoreline of Calabria, on the other hand, are relatively clear.