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Europe, from the Carpathians to Crimea to Greece and Turkey – September 25th, 2011

41.4N 27.3E

September 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Greece - September 1st, 2011

This image stretches from the Black Sea (upper right quadrant) to the Sea of Marmara (center), to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas (below). Visible in the upper right corner is part of the Crimean Peninsula, in Ukraine.

The upper left quadrant includes the Carpathian Mountains, snaking across Romania and neighboring countries in an inverted S-shape. Visible below are Greece (left) and Turkey (right) and the numerous islands between them.

Italian Peninsula and Eastern Europe

43.7N 14.8E

August 14th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Europe - August 1st, 2011

This image shows most of the Italian peninsula and Sicily, as well as parts of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

Italy is the country with less cloud cover, allowing the Apennine Mountains to be seen running down the spine of the peninsula. Also cloud free is the coast of Croatia, where several islands can be seen near the shoreline. Most of the rest of the image is dotted by clouds, with the exception of a large valley in Romania at the upper right.

Vegetation Index of Italy and Southeastern Europe

44.2N 16.6E

August 3rd, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Europe - August 1st, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of part of Europe, including Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

The index is highest (rusty red) along the forest slopes of mountain ranges, such as the Apennines running down the spine of the Italian Peninsula. It is generally good (green) throughout the image, particularly in valleys and coastal areas, although some areas of low activity (yellow) can be observed in hot southern Italy, Sicily and Greece.

Straits Connecting Black, Marmara and Aegean Seas – July 23rd, 2011

40.6N 28.2E

July 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Black Sea - July 14th, 2011

While the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas (below) are dotted with hundreds of Greek and Turkish islands, few are visible in the Black Sea (upper right).

The Black Sea is connected to the Sea of Marmara (center) via the Bosphorus Strait, with the city of Istanbul located on either side. The Sea of Marmara is then linked to the Aegean Sea through the Dardanelles.

In the upper left quadrant, the Danube River can be seen flowing along the border of Romania (above) and Bulgaria (below), to its delta on the shores of the Black Sea.

 

The Black Sea, from the Danube Delta in the West to the Caucasus Mountains in the East – June 15th, 2011

43.7N 33.8E

June 15th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Black Sea - May 18th, 2011

The Black Sea occupies the majority of this image. It has an area of 436,400 km2 (168,500 sq mi), not including the Sea of Azov (the body of water northeast of the Crimean Peninsula that is lined with sediments and connected to the Black Sea by the Strait of Kerch).

The Black Sea forms in an east-west trending elliptical depression which lies between Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The longest east-west extent is about 1,175 km.

It is constrained by the Pontic Mountains to the south, the Caucasus Mountains (capped with snow by the right edge) to the east and features a wide shelf to the northwest. Visible on the western shores is the delta of the Danube River.

 

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