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Island of Jersey off Coast of Cotentin Peninsula, France

49.2N 2.1W

December 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

France - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the island of Jersey, off the coast of the Cotentin Peninsula of France. Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency. Measuring 118.2 square kilometres (46 sq mi), including reclaimed land and intertidal zone, it is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands.

Jersey lies in the English Channel, approximately 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) from the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France, and approximately 87 nautical miles (161 km; 100 mi) south of Great Britain. Its a maximum land elevation of 136 m (446 ft).

The Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, is a peninsula in Normandy, forming part of the north-western coast of France. It juts out north-westwards into the English Channel, towards Great Britain. To its west lie the Channel Islands and to the southwest lies the Brittany Peninsula.

The peninsula lies wholly within the département of Manche, in the région of Basse-Normandie. It is part of the Armorican Massif and lies between the estuary of the Vire River and Mont Saint Michel Bay. It is divided into three areas: the headland of La Hague, the Cotentin Pass (Le Plain), and the valley of the Saire River (Val-de-Saire).

The largest town in the peninsula is Cherbourg on the north coast, a major cross-channel port. The western coast of the peninsula, known as la Côte des Îles (Coast of the Islands) faces the Channel Islands.

Valleys, Mountains, Deserts and Islands of California, USA

36.0N 118.3W

June 8th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

USA - May 23rd, 2011

A light veil of greyish clouds hangs over California’s Great Central Valley in the upper left quadrant. Beneath the clouds, some of the green and brown fields of this vast agricultural region can be observed.

Leaving the valley and moving eastward, one crosses the Sequoia National Forest, in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The U.S. National Forest is named for the majestic Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees which populate 38 distinct groves within the boundaries of the forest.

Beyond the mountains is the arid Great Basin of the western USA. Death Valley National Park, a national park in California and Nevada, can be found in the basin, east of the Sierra Nevada. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains.

Visible at the bottom edge of the image are the Channel Islands of California, a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

Rugged Central Coast of California, USA

34.7N 120.5W

October 14th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the rugged Central Coast, an area of California, USA, roughly spanning the area between the Monterey Bay and Point Conception. It extends through Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County.

The region is known primarily for agriculture and tourism. The Salinas Valley is one of the most fertile farming regions in the United States. The area is not densely populated, as can be observed here from the sparsity of white dotted areas indicating cities or towns.

Visible in the lower part of the full image are the Channel Islands of California, a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. Only two of the islands can be seen here San Miguel (left) and Santa Rosa (right).

Northern Channel Islands South of Santa Barbara, California – October 22nd, 2009

34.4N 119.6W

October 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

Four of the eight islands can be seen south of the city of Santa Barbara in this orthorectified image (from left to right): San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. The Channel Islands are actually divided into two groups; these four islands belong to the Northern group. The four Northern Islands used to be a single landmass known as Santa Rosae.

Also, along with Santa Barbara, the Northern Channel Islands are part of the Channel Islands National Park, created in 1980. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles (11 kilometers) offshore.

Fire in Southern California – November 17th, 2008

November 17th, 2008 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fire in Southern California - November 16th, 2008

Fire in Southern California - November 16th, 2008

Fire in Southern California - November 15th, 2008

Detail1: Fire in Southern California - November 15th, 2008

In the main image we can see a fire burning in Southern California, in Sylmar (near Los Angeles).

The smoke is blowing out into the Pacific Ocean, partially obscuring the some of the Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel).

The Sylmar wildfire, caused by strong Santa Ana winds and near-record temperatures and dryness, has burned over 8,000 acres outside Los Angeles.

Over 10,000 people have been asked to evacuate, and some major roads have been closed. Five hundred mobile homes, nine single-family houses and ten commercial buildings were destroyed by the fire and 15 more structures were damaged.

Fire in Southern California - November 16th, 2008

Detail2: Fire in Southern California - November 16th, 2008

The two image details allow us to compare the state of the fire on the 15th of November (first image) and the 16th of November (second image).

In the second image we can also observe another smaller fire further south.

source Bloomberg

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