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Asinara and Northwestern Sardinia, Italy

41.0N 8.3E

September 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sardinia, Italy - August 10th, 2009

Sardinia, Italy - August 10th, 2009

The Italian island of Asinara (top) is located off the northwestern tip of Sardinia. Asinara is about 51 kmĀ² in area, with approximately 700 inhabitants. Its terrain is mountainous, with steep, rocky coasts. It is home to a population of wild albino donkeys from which the island takes its name, as Asinara means “donkey-inhabited” in Italian.

Asinara has a length of 17.4 kilometres (11 mi) and a width which ranges from 290 metres (951 ft) at Cala di Sgombro to 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in the northern part. The island has 110 kilometres (68 mi) of coastline.

The island is formed by four mountainous sections linked by a narrow, flat coastal belt. The highest point, at 408 metres (1,339 ft), is Punta della Scomunica. The windswept west coast is steep and rocky with a very deep sea bottom. The west coast turns down towards the bay of Asinara.

These mountainous sections can be observed clearly in this orthorectified image, as can the rest of the mountainous terrain of northwestern Sardinia on the mainland.

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