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Italy, from Naples to the Gargano Peninsula

41.3N 14.8E

August 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

This coast-to-coast image of Italy reaches from Naples on the Tyrrhenian Sea (below) to the Gargano Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea (above).

Of particular interest near Naples are Mount Vesuvius, located slightly inland in the center of the Gulf of Naples coastline, and various offshore islands including Ischia (left) and Capri (right) at either end of the gulf.

Moving across to the other coast, of note on the Gargano Peninsula are Lake Lesina  (left) and Lake Varano (right) along the northwestern shoreline. Greenish sediments framing the coastline highlight the thin strip of land and dunes separating the two lakes from the sea.

The Coastline of Italy in and around the Gulf of Naples

March 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots, Volcanoes

Naples, Italy - February 26th, 2009

Naples, Italy - February 26th, 2009

Both Italy’s western coastline along the Mediterranean Sea and its eastern shore along the Adriatic are visible here.

The Adriatic coast (above), only partially visible below the clouds, shows a green algal bloom. Further south, some of the peaks of the Apeninnes are capped by snow.

Below, the Mediterranean shoreline is very clear, with almost no clouds and only a slight algal bloom above the Gulf of Naples.

The islands of Ischia (left) and Capri (right) can be seen offshore. Just inland, Mount Vesuvius rises near the gulf, between Naples and Salerno.

Snowfall on Mount Vesuvius, Italy

January 30th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

Snow on Mount Vesuvius - January 29th, 2009

The peak of Mount Vesuvius (center) is covered by snow

The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).

The slopes of the mountain are scarred by lava flows but are heavily vegetated, with scrub at higher altitudes and vineyards lower down.

Another volcano, Roccamonfina, can be seen to the northwest. It is notable for its caldera, which has a diameter of 6 km. Unlike Mount Vesuvius, it is not snow-capped here.

Offshore, an algal bloom is visible. It is stronger in the Gulf of Salerno (right) and along the coast above Naples (left). The bloom in the Gulf of Naples itself, however, is more clear.

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Mount Vesuvius, Italy – October 25th, 2008

October 25th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Pompei and Naples - October 22nd, 2008

Pompei and Naples - October 22nd, 2008

View of Mount Vesuvius from the Bay of Naples (Wikipedia)

View of Mount Vesuvius from the Bay of Naples (Wikipedia)

In the center of this image, just off the shoreline, we can see the Mount Vesuvius volcano. Near the coastline we can also the city of Naples and the ruins of Pompeii, as well as the island of Ischia, the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno.

Mount Vesuvius is an active stratovolcano about 9km (6mi) east of Naples, Italy, and a short distance from the shore.

It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting. In the image, it appears calm, as a brown-green mound with no plumes of smoke arising from the cone.

The two other volcanoes in Italy, (Etna and Stromboli) are located on islands.

Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people now living close to it and its tendency towards explosive eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.

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