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Mountains of the Sila, Dividing Italy’s Basilicata and Calabria Regions – January 20th, 2010

39.8N 16.2E

January 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - November 18th, 2009

Italy - November 18th, 2009

The land of Italy’s Basilicata region is rich in water, with five important rivers and many lakes, two of which are visible here: Monte Cotugno Lake (larger, right) and the Lake of Pietra del Pertusillo (smaller, left), both artificial. Built for irrigation purposes, these large basins have now become a paradise for wildlife.

The border between the Basilicata (above) and Calabria (below) regions runs through the mountains visible south of Monte Cotugno Lake in this orthorectified image. These mountains are part of the Sila, a mountainous plateau that occupies part of the provinces of Crotone, Cosenza and Catanzaro in Calabria.

Pollino Massif Near Gulf of Taranto, Italy

39.8N 16.2E

December 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Italy - November 24th, 2009

The mountains of the Pollino Massif, in southern Italy, can be seen on the left side of this orthorectified image, near the Gulf of Taranto.  The massif is part of the southern Apennines, on the border between the regions of Calabria and Basilicata.

The Pollino Massif is made of limestone, and therefore subject to erosion phenomena which have created, especially on the Calabrian side, numerous grottoes and canyons.

The main peaks are that of the Pollino (2,248 m) and the Serra Dolcedorme (2,267 m), which overlooks the plain of Sibari. Since 1992 the massif is part of the Pollino National Park.

Cloud Vortex in Gulf of Taranto

April 9th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Gulf of Taranto, Italy - April 9th, 2009

Gulf of Taranto, Italy - April 9th, 2009

Clouds swirl in a spiral shape, forming a cloud vortex in the Gulf of Taranto, part of the Ionian Sea, in southern Italy.

The Gulf of Taranto is almost square, 140 km long and wide, and is delimited by the capes Santa Maria di Leuca (east, Apulia) and Colonna (west, in Calabria).

It is surrounded by three Italian regions, Apulia, Basilicata, and Calabria. The most important rivers are the Basento, the Sinni, and the Agri. The main cities on the gulf are Taranto and Gallipoli.

Gargano Peninsula and Basento River, Italy

April 1st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Green sediments swirl in the Adriatic Sea around the coast of the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, Italy. The backbone of the peninsula is formed by the mountain Monte Gargano. Most of the upland area, about 1,211.18 km² above the development along the coasts and in the lower valleys, is now a national park, Parco nazionale del Gargano.

Gargano is partly mountainous and partly covered by the remains of an ancient forest, Foresta Umbra, the only remaining part in Italy of the ancient oak and beech forest that once covered much of Central Europe as well as the Appenine deciduous montane forests biome.

Continuing to the right along the shoreline, towns cities such as Bari appear as tan patches amidst the green terrain. On the bottom right, by Apulia’s border with the Basilicata Region, the Basento River spills tan sediments into the Gulf of Taranto.

Algal Bloom around Southern Shoreline of Italy

February 9th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Phytoplankton around South Italy coast - February 5th, 2009

Phytoplankton around South Italy coast - February 5th, 2009

The southern coast of Italy is flanked by an algal bloom with distinctive swirls. The shoreline of the Apulia region (the peninsula above) is mostly clear of algae, while those of the Calabria (bottom) and Basilicata (center) regions are completely surrounded.

The tips of Sicily (bottom left) and Albania (top right) can also be seen. The Sicilian shoreline is relatively clear, whereas part of the Albanian one has an intense bloom.

Some mountains are also visible in the Calabria region. The peninsula in Apulia, on the other hand, seems covered with light brown dots – these are actually various towns and cities.

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