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Corsica, France: the Mediterranean’s Fourth Largest Island

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August 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Corsica, France - July 28th, 2009

Corsica, France - July 28th, 2009

The French island of Corsica, called Corse in French, is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 183 kilometres (114 mi) long at longest, 83 kilometres (52 mi) wide at widest. The island has 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) of coastline with more than 200 beaches.

Corsica is located 90 kilometres (56 mi) from Tuscany in Italy and 170 kilometres (110 mi) from the Côte d’Azur in France. It is separated from Sardinia (partially visible on the bottom edge) to the south by the Strait of Bonifacio, a minimum of 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) wide.

The island is very mountainous, with Monte Cinto as the highest peak at 2,706 metres (8,880 ft) and 20 other summits of more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). Mountains comprise two-thirds of the island, forming a single chain.

Forest comprises 20% of the island. Approximately 3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi) of the total surface area of 8,680 km2 (3,350 sq mi) are dedicated to nature reserves, mainly in the interior.

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