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Island of Jersey off Coast of Cotentin Peninsula, France

49.2N 2.1W

December 26th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

France - December 22nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the island of Jersey, off the coast of the Cotentin Peninsula of France. Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency. Measuring 118.2 square kilometres (46 sq mi), including reclaimed land and intertidal zone, it is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands.

Jersey lies in the English Channel, approximately 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) from the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France, and approximately 87 nautical miles (161 km; 100 mi) south of Great Britain. Its a maximum land elevation of 136 m (446 ft).

The Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, is a peninsula in Normandy, forming part of the north-western coast of France. It juts out north-westwards into the English Channel, towards Great Britain. To its west lie the Channel Islands and to the southwest lies the Brittany Peninsula.

The peninsula lies wholly within the département of Manche, in the région of Basse-Normandie. It is part of the Armorican Massif and lies between the estuary of the Vire River and Mont Saint Michel Bay. It is divided into three areas: the headland of La Hague, the Cotentin Pass (Le Plain), and the valley of the Saire River (Val-de-Saire).

The largest town in the peninsula is Cherbourg on the north coast, a major cross-channel port. The western coast of the peninsula, known as la Côte des Îles (Coast of the Islands) faces the Channel Islands.

Photosynthetic Activity in France – October 4th, 2011

47.3N 0.2E

October 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

France - October 3rd, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of France (right), as well as parts of the United Kingdom (top center), Ireland (top left) and Spain (below).

The index is generally good (green) throughout, with some areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red) in Wales and southwestern England, and the Manche department of Normandy in northern France. The index is lowest (yellow) in southern France and across the Pyrenees, in Spain.