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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 thisĀ 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.

Sila Mountainous Plateau in Southern Italy

39.2N 16.4E

December 1st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Near Lake Cecita (top) is the Sila (La Sila, in Italian), a mountainous plateau and historic region located in Calabria, southern Italy. It occupies part of the provinces of Crotone, Cosenza and Catanzaro, in the mountainous portions of this orthorectified image.

The plateau is divided (from north to south) into the Sila Greca (Greek Sila), Sila Grande (Greater Sila) and Sila Piccola (Lesser Sila) sub-ranges. The highest peaks are the Botte Donato (1,928 m), in the Sila Grande (upper left quadrant), and Monte Gariglione (1,764 m) in the Sila Piccola.

The Sila also contains the eponymous Sila National Park, formerly called National Park of Calabria and created in 2002. The park extends outward from the eastern shores of Lake Cecita.