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Snow Atop the Alps and Apennines, Italy

45.5N 10.0E

January 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Italy - January 24th, 2011

Snow rests on the peaks of the Alps, bordering northern Italy, Switzerland and France. The valley of the River Po, below the towering mountains, is snow free.

Snow can also be seen atop the Apennine Mountains, creating an almost rectangular white shape that crosses the image diagonally from the center to the right edge. The white powder coats the crests of the mountains on the island of Corsica (bottom center, belonging to France), as well.

Also visible at the foot of the Alps is Lake Garda, in Italy near the top center. To the west, on the other side of the mountains, is Lake Geneva, in Switzerland. Both lakes appear dark blue in color.

Vegetation Index of Italian Peninsula and Nearby Islands

41.4N 14.6E

September 14th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Italy - August 27th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the nearby islands of Sicily (below) and Sardinia (left, below), both belonging to Italy, and Corsica (left, above), part of France.

The Italian mainland shows a mostly good vegetation index (green), with some areas of high activity (brownish red) by the Apennine Range in the north. Sicily and the Apulia region, however, appear white and yellow, indicating a very low index. Corsica also appears to have a higher index than its neighbor, Sardinia.

Vegetation Index of Italy, Nations Near the Alps, and Mediterranean Isles – June 3rd, 2010

43.2N 12.0E

June 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on Italy, including its islands of Sicily (lower right corner) and Sardinia (bottom, center). Other visible islands include Corsica (north of Sardinia), belonging to France, and two of Spain’s Balearic Islands: Majorca and Minorca (lower left corner).

Situated beyond the northern slopes of the Alps are France (left), Switzerland (center) and Austria (right). The peaks of the Alps are capped in snow and appear white, while most of the image is green, indicating a good vegetation index. Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (red) are visible, particularly in France.

Islands of Corsica and Elba in the Mediterranean

42.0N 9.0E

May 18th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Corsica - April 28th, 2010

Corsica - April 28th, 2010

Corsica, one of the 26 régions of France, is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean; it has an area of 3,352 sq mi (8,681 sq km). It is located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the island of Sardinia.

Also visible in the upper right corner is Elba Island, off the west coast of Italy, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Elba, which belongs to Italy, has an area of 86 square miles (223 square km) and is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Its coast is precipitous and its interior mountainous, rising to Mount Capanne (3,343 feet [1,019 m]).

Ecological Zones of Corsica, France

42.0N 9.0E

January 18th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Corsica, France - January 3rd, 2010

Corsica, France - January 3rd, 2010

The island of Corsica, belonging to France, is divided into three major ecological zones by altitude. Below 2,000 feet (610 m) is the coastal zone, which features a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The natural vegetation is Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrubs. Much of the coastal lowlands have been cleared for agriculture, grazing and logging, which have reduced the forests considerably.

From 2,000 to 6,000 feet (610 to 1,800 m) is a temperate montane zone. The mountains are cooler and wetter, and home to the Corsican montane broadleaf and mixed forests ecoregion, which supports diverse forests of oak, pine, and broadleaf deciduous trees, with vegetation more typical of northern Europe. The population lives predominantly below 3,000 feet (910 m).

From 6,000 to 9,000 feet (1,800 to 2,700 m) is a high alpine zone. Vegetation is sparse, and this zone is uninhabited. In spite of the southern location, the highest elevations are snow-capped with small glaciers, as can be observed by the white-capped peaks here.

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