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Sediments Flowing Off Coast of Sicily Towards Malta

37.5N 14.0E

May 27th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Italy – May 26th, 2013

Sediments, possibly mixed with phytoplankton growth, cling to the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and stream southwards off the southeastern tip of the island towards the archipelago composing the Republic of Malta (below).

Dust Blowing Off Northwestern Coast of Libya

32.3N 15.0E

April 19th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Libya - April 15th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert can be seen blowing in a northeasterly direction over the Libyan district of Misrata and off Libya’s northwestern coast, over the Gulf of Sidra. The dust does not quite reach the island of Malta, visible at the top edge.

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.

Summer Landscape of Sicily – July 29th, 2009

37.3N 14.6E

July 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Sicily is the autonomous region of Italy with the greatest land area, at 25,708 square kilometres (9,926 sq mi), and also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is directly adjacent to the Italian region of Calabria, via the Strait of Messina to the east.

Sicily’s position means that it enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild to warm, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers. The Sicilian terrain in this image, taken midsummer, appears mostly tan in color. The lack of sediments flowing into the surrounding sea also indicates that there has not been significant rainfall recently.

Sicily and its small surrounding islands are highly significant in the area of volcanology. Mount Etna, located in the east, is the only volcano on mainland Sicily; with a height of 3,320 m (10,900 ft) it is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

As well as Etna, there are several non-volcanic mountain ranges in Sicily: Sicani to the west, Eeri in the central area and Hyblaean in the south-east. Across the north of Sicily there are three others: Madonie, Nebrodi and Peloritani.

The Aeolian Islands to the north-east are volcanically significant with Stromboli currently active, also in the Tyrrhenian Sea are the three dormant volcanos of Vulcano, Vulcanello and Lipari.

Off the Southern coast of Sicily, to the right, the island country of Malta is visible as well.

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.