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Haze Over Po Valley and Sediments Along Adriatic Coast, Italy – April 27th, 2012

44.3N 11.2E

April 27th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Sediments

Italy - April 14th, 2012

Haze can be observed in the western part of the Po Valley, south of the Alps, in Italy. It extends southward over the Gulf of Genoa, towards the islands of Corsica (above, belonging to France) and Sardinia (below, belonging to Italy). Following the Po Valley to the east, sediments can be seen entering the Adriatic Sea near Venice. Sediments line most of the eastern coast of Italy, giving it a greenish blue frame, while the western coast is mostly sediment free.

Italy, from the Alps to Mount Etna – March 30th, 2012

42.7N 12.5E

March 30th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Volcanoes

Italy - March 29th, 2012

Snow rests atop the peaks of the Alps, arching across northern Italy and its border with Switzerland, Germany and Austria. South of the mountains lies the valley of the River Po, home to important cities such as Milan (visible as a grey area in the full image), west of Lake Garda. Although the Apennines, the mountain chain that forms the backbone of the peninsula, are snow-free, some snow can be seen at the summit of Mount Etna, in Sicily.

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.

Lake Geneva at the Foot of the Alps, Western Europe

46.4N 6.5E

January 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Western Europe - December 26th, 2011

The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow in this winter image focusing on Italy, France and Switzerland. Visible at the foot of the Alps on the Swiss-French border is Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Just under 60% of the lake is in Swiss territory, and just over 40% in French territory.

Lake Geneva, formed by a retreating glacier, has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided figuratively into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

Lake Garda at Foot of the Alps, Italy

45.5N 10.6E

November 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Italy - November 22nd, 2011

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.

Visible at the foot of the Alps at the lower left is Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. The northern part of the lake is narrower, surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo.

The shape is typical of a moraine valley, probably having been formed under the action of a Paleolithic glacier. Although traces of the glacier’s actions are evident today, in more recent years it has been hypothesized that the glacier occupied a previously existing depression, created by stream erosion 5 to 6 million years ago.

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