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Haze Over Northern Italy and Sediments Around Gargano Promontory

40.5N 15.0E

March 6th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments, Volcanoes

Italy - March 3rd, 2012

Sediments line the Adriatic coast of Italy, particularly around the Gargano Promontory. Gargano is a historical and geographical Italian sub-region situated in Apulia, consisting of a wide isolated mountain massif made of highland and several peaks and forming the backbone of the Gargano Promontory projecting into the Adriatic Sea.

Moving northwards, haze can be seen over the Po Valley in the upper left quadrant. The valley is a plain around the River Po that extends approximately 650 km (400 mi) in an east-west direction, with an area of 46,000 km² (17,756 mi²); it runs from the Western Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

Visible in the lower part of the image, on the island of Sicily, is Mount Etna, its peak capped with white snow. In the full image, some faint ash can be seen spreading eastward from the volcano’s caldera, as Etna recently erupted for the third time in 2012 (click here for an article on the recent eruption).

Sediments Along Adriatic Coast, Italy – October 22nd, 2011

42.8N 12.1E

October 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - October 18th, 2011

Sediments line the eastern coast of Italy, along the Adriatic Sea. By the western coast, an area of convection can be observed over the Gulf of Genoa (Golfo di Genova), the northernmost part of the Ligurian Sea.

Also of note is the partially snow-capped arch of the Alps in the upper part of the image. South of the mountains is the valley of the River Po, in northern Italy. The terrain becomes mountainous once more (the Apennines) as one moves southward along the backbone of the Italian peninsula.

Vegetation Index of Italy and Bordering Countries – September 18th, 2011

44.6N 10.1E

September 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - August 25th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Italy and neighboring countries, including Switzerland (upper left corner), Croatia (across the Adriatic Sea) and Hungary (upper right).

The vegetation index across the entire image is generally good (green). Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red) can be observed in northern Italy and at the feet of the Alps. The index is lowest (yellow) in Sicily (bottom right) and along Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Sediments Along Italy’s Adriatic Coast – May 23rd, 2011

43.0N 13.3E

May 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Italy - May 18th, 2011

Green sediments line Italy’s Adriatic coastline, from the mouth of the River Po (above) to the Gargano Peninsula (below).

The Croatian coastline, on the opposite side of the sea, appears mostly sediment-free, as does Italy’s Tyrrhenian coast to the west.

 

 

Italy and Croatia’s Northern Adriatic Sea Coastlines – April 1st, 2011

45.0N 14.0E

April 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Italy and Croatia - March 23rd, 2011

Green sediments spill forth from the mouth of the River Po, a delta projecting into the Adriatic Sea near Venice, and line Italy’s eastern shoreline. The River Po has a drainage area of 74,000 km², most of which is in Italy.

The Croatian shoreline, on the other side of the Adriatic Sea, is mostly sediment free and flanked by many islands. The sediments on the Italian side do not pass the peninsula of Istria on the Croatian side.

 

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