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Haze from Po Valley to Apulia Coast, Italy

45.4N 9.1E

March 5th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds

Italy – March 4th, 2013

Haze hangs over the Po Valley of northern Italy, hemmed in between the Alps to the north and the Apennines to the southeast. It also spreads southeastward past the Po Delta, and then frames Italy’s Adriatic Coast, reaching southward to the shoreline of the Apulia Region.

The source of the haze could be fires, fog, or smog and air pollution. Air pollution is one important factor in climate change in Italy. Air pollutants arise from biomass burning, urban-industrial and natural sources. Under certain atmospheric circulation configurations, long-range or trans-boundary transport of pollutants, including aerosols, carbon monoxide, ozone, desert dust, mould spores and pesticide may occur over large distances and over time scales of typically four to six days (click here for more information).

 

Fog Over Valley of River Po, Italy

45.4N 12.3E

January 31st, 2013 Category: Clouds

Italy – January 27th, 2013

A thick fog hangs over the valley of the River Po, in northern Italy, between the snow-capped peaks of the Alps (above) and the white peaks of the Apennines (below). The fog has a clear patch towards the center of the valley, south of Lake Garda, and by the Po Delta, south of Venice.

Italy and Croatia Bordering the Adriatic Sea – June 25th, 2011

44.8N 11.6E

June 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - June 21st, 2011

Some snow is still visible atop the Alps in this image of Europe, taken on the first day of the northern hemisphere summer. The Apennines, running down the center of the Italian Peninsula, however, appear snow-free.

To the east of the peninsula is the Adriatic Sea, with numerous Croatian islands lining its eastern shores. Some sediments can be seen entering its northern part, by the delta of the River Po. Northwest of the delta, is Lake Garda, at the foot of the Alps.

Sediments Along Italy’s Adriatic Coast – May 23rd, 2011

43.0N 13.3E

May 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Italy - May 18th, 2011

Green sediments line Italy’s Adriatic coastline, from the mouth of the River Po (above) to the Gargano Peninsula (below).

The Croatian coastline, on the opposite side of the sea, appears mostly sediment-free, as does Italy’s Tyrrhenian coast to the west.

 

 

Wetlands of the Venetian Lagoon and Po Delta, Italy

45.4N 12.3E

May 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

The Venetian Lagoon (center left) appears green in this image of northern Italy. The lagoon is the enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea in which the city of Venice is situated. It is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean Basin.

The lagoon stretches from the River Sile in the north to the Brenta in the south, with a surface area of around 550 km². It is around 8% land, including Venice itself and many smaller islands. About 11% is permanently covered by open water, or canal, as the network of dredged channels are called, while around 80% consists of mud flats, tidal shallows and salt marshes.

Another important area of wetlands is visible to the south: the delta of the River Po. Much of the delta is a protected park, with 53,653 ha (132,580 acres) containing wetlands, forest, dunes and salt pans. It has a high biodiversity, with 1000-1100 plant species and 374 vertebrate species, of which 300 are birds.

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