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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.

Lakes Between Rome and Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Italy - December 31st, 2011

This image focuses on central Italy, from the Adriatic (above) to the Tyrrhenian (below) Seas. The Adriatic Coast is lined by sediments, while the Tyrrhenian coastline is mostly sediment free. The ridges of the Apennine Mountains can be seen running down the middle of the Italian peninsula, part of which are capped by snow.

The city of Rome can be seen in the full image, appearing as a grey area near the coast in the bottom half of the image. Visible to the west and northwest of the city are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano (dark blue, closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (dark blue, northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (light blue, located near the center of the width of the peninsula).

Wave Clouds Over Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

January 3rd, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Mountains, Sediments

Italy - December 26th, 2011

Sediments line the Adriatic coast of Italy (right) while the western coast is mostly clear. Several rounded crater lakes are visible near the west coast in the central part of the country, the largest of which is Lake Bolsena, formed starting 370,000 years ago following the collapse of a caldera of the Vulsini volcanic complex into a deep aquifer.

Visible northeast of the lake are wave clouds, formed by atmospheric internal waves that are created as stable air flows over a raised land feature such as a mountain range, and can form either directly above or in the lee of the feature. Here, the wave clouds have formed over the Apennine Mountains.

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.