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Sicily in Early Autumn – November 20th, 2009

November 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

The Italian island of Sicily shows more green vegetation in this image, taken in early autumn, than it does in the hotter and drier summer months (click here for an image of the area in summer). The skies are virtually cloud free, and the summit and flanks of Mount Etna are clearly visible as a dark brown area near the eastern shores.

In the upper right corner, the Strait of Messina separates Sicily from the Italian mainland region of Calabria. Also visible near the top of the image are the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, arranged in an arched shape in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Aeolian Islands, Italy

38.4N 14.9E

June 4th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Aeolian Islands and Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Aeolian Islands and Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily.  Above, in the full image, the spiralling shape of currents in the sea is visible.

The largest island is Lipari (in the thumbnail image, the fourth from the left edge). The other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.

The present shape of the Aeolian Islands is the result of volcanic activity over a period of 260,000 years.

There are two active volcanoes – Stromboli (in the full image, the island farthest north) and Vulcano (to the right of Lipari). However, most of the islands experience volcanic activity from steaming fumaroles and thermal waters.

Below, on the island of Sicily, the famous Mount Etna volcano can also be observed. As this image has been orthorectified, the volcano and the mountains and hills in this area can be seen without geometric distortion.