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Mountains Around Strait of Messina, Italy

38.2N 15.6E

May 28th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

Strait of Messina, Italy - May 27th, 2009

The Strait of Messina is the narrow section of water between the eastern tip of Sicily (left) and the southern tip of Calabria (upper right) in the south of Italy. At its narrowest point, it is 3.1 km (1.9 miles) wide.

The city of Messina can be seen as a small white area southwest of the narrowest point of the strait. The bright white area on northeastern coast is an industrial area near the city of Milazzo.

In this ASAR image, the lines on the water show its movement through the strait and in the sea to the south.

Another prominent feature is theĀ  Mount Etna volcano (left). The mountains in this image can be observed with great clarity, thanks to the orthorectification technique used to eliminate geometric distortion.