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Vegetation Index of Italy: High Near Apennines, Low in Apulia

41.4N 14.2E

September 7th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Italy - August 24th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the country of Italy, showing its vegetation index. The areas with the highest index, brownish red in color, are located in the north of the country, along the lower flanks of the Apennine Range.

Much of the rest of the country is green, indicating good values of photosynthetic activity. The areas of Italy with the lowest index of vegetation, whitish yellow, are present in the south of the country, in the Apulia region (known as Puglia in Italian).

Southern Italy, Between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas and the Gulf of Taranto

40.4N 16.4E

November 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Italy - October 7th, 2009

Italy - October 7th, 2009

The terrain of southern Italy appears divided in two, between the flatter lands near the Adriatic Coast (above) and the more mountainous terrain towards Tyrrhenian Sea (below).

Upon opening the full image, many cities and towns in the Apulia region appear as tan circular areas on the flatter Adriatic side. The main exception to this generally plain-like topography is the Gargano Peninsula (top left corner), home to Monte Gargano.

Also of note on the peninsula are Lake Lesina  (left) and Lake Varano (right), both dark green, separated from the Adriatic by a thin strip of land and dunes. Sediments line the coast of the peninsula, particularly to the right. Other swirls of sediments are also visible in the full image along the shores of the Gulf of Taranto (right).

Continuing to the right along the shoreline, towns cities such as Bari appear as tan patches amidst the green terrain. On the bottom right, by Apulia’s border with the Basilicata Region, the Basento River spills tan sediments into the Gulf of Taranto.

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Gargano Peninsula and Basento River, Italy

April 1st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Puglia region, Italy - March 27th, 2009

Green sediments swirl in the Adriatic Sea around the coast of the Promontorio del Gargano peninsula in Apulia, Italy. The backbone of the peninsula is formed by the mountain Monte Gargano. Most of the upland area, about 1,211.18 km² above the development along the coasts and in the lower valleys, is now a national park, Parco nazionale del Gargano.

Gargano is partly mountainous and partly covered by the remains of an ancient forest, Foresta Umbra, the only remaining part in Italy of the ancient oak and beech forest that once covered much of Central Europe as well as the Appenine deciduous montane forests biome.

Continuing to the right along the shoreline, towns cities such as Bari appear as tan patches amidst the green terrain. On the bottom right, by Apulia’s border with the Basilicata Region, the Basento River spills tan sediments into the Gulf of Taranto.

Algal Bloom around Southern Shoreline of Italy

February 9th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Phytoplankton around South Italy coast - February 5th, 2009

Phytoplankton around South Italy coast - February 5th, 2009

The southern coast of Italy is flanked by an algal bloom with distinctive swirls. The shoreline of the Apulia region (the peninsula above) is mostly clear of algae, while those of the Calabria (bottom) and Basilicata (center) regions are completely surrounded.

The tips of Sicily (bottom left) and Albania (top right) can also be seen. The Sicilian shoreline is relatively clear, whereas part of the Albanian one has an intense bloom.

Some mountains are also visible in the Calabria region. The peninsula in Apulia, on the other hand, seems covered with light brown dots – these are actually various towns and cities.

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