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Ragusa and Water Currents off Southern Sicilian Coast, Italy

36.9N 14.7E

June 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Ships, appearing as little white dots, navigate through the water currents spiralling off the southern coast of Sicily in this ASAR (radar) image.

A few ships are visible near the city of Gela on the coast of the Gulf of Gela, in the upper left quadrant. Many others can be seen in the full image to the east of the islands of Malta (bottom right) and Gozo (bottom left).

The city of Ragusa is visible as a white area in the upper right quadrant. It was built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica.

The hills and valleys of the surrounding terrain are visible without geometric distortion thanks to correction with the orthorectification technique.

Heavy Rains Persist, Sediments Pool Along Sicilian Coast

December 16th, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Sediments from rivers in Sicily - December 15th, 2008

Sediments from rivers in Sicily - December 15th, 2008

As heavy rains persist over Italy and Sicily, rivers continue to release large amounts of sediments into the sea.

In a previous article, the sediments by the eastern and northern Sicilian coasts were examined; today, the lack of cloud cover to the south allows a different area to be observed.

Here, the southern Sicilian coast is framed by sediments, particularly around Licata and Gela. The sediments are in turn ringed by an algal bloom.