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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]).

Coastal Tuscany: Elba Island and the Monte Argentario Peninsula, Italy

42.4N 11.1E

September 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Two interesting features can be noted near and along the coast of Italy: the island of Elba (near left edge) and the Monte Argentario peninsula (below center).

Elba is part of the Italian region of Tuscany and is situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Ligurian Sea, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino.

It is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. The island’s terrain is quite varied, with mountains in the west, while the central part of the island is a mostly flat.

Monte Argentario is a peninsula and municipality that is also part of Tuscany, located about 150 km south of Florence and about 35 km south of Grosseto. The landscape and the coast are mainly rocky.

The peninsula is connected with the mainland by three dams which form two lagoons, the Laguna di Ponente on the west side and the Laguna di Levante on the east side of the middle dam.

Plume of Smoke from Fires Near Genoa, Italy, Spreads Over Sea – September 9th, 2009

44.4N 8.9E

September 9th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Close-up of fire

Close-up of fire

Widespreading fires near Genoa, Italy, have burned hundreds of hectares of forest and threatened several nearby homes. Here, a plume of smoke from the fires hooks southwest over the sea. The port city of Genoa is visible on the coast near the fire.

One fire that burned through the area between Nervi and Quarto was set by four people attempting to burn an unwanted heap of wood, while another around Apparizione was started by a sole individual.

Although the situation has improved over the last few days, the battle to put out the flames isn’t over yet. Several aircraft continue to dump seawater and flame-retardant liquids upon the fires that are still ongoing.

No evacuations have been ordered, although firefighters and volunteers are continuing to keep a close eye on critical areas where flames came close to homes overnight.

Also of note in this image, moving down the coastline from Genoa, are sediments spilling into the sea near the cities of La Spezia and Viareggio. Offshore, the large island of Corsica and the smaller island of Elba are visible in the lower right quadrant. Further inland, Lake Garda can be seen in the Alps at the top right, with the city of Milan to its southwest and the city of Turin further west.