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Indented Coastline of Malta

35.9N 14.4E

June 2nd, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Malta - May 18th, 2011

Malta is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean. It covers just over 300 km² in land area, making it one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries.

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean Sea, some 93 km (57.79 mi) south of the Italian island of Sicily (visible at the top of the full image) across the Malta Channel. Only the three largest islands – Malta (below), Gozo (above), and Comino (middle) – are inhabited.

Numerous bays along the indented coastline of the islands provide good harbours. The landscape consists of low hills with terraced fields.

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.