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Lakes Between Rome and Apennine Mountains, Italy

42.6N 11.9E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Italy - December 31st, 2011

This image focuses on central Italy, from the Adriatic (above) to the Tyrrhenian (below) Seas. The Adriatic Coast is lined by sediments, while the Tyrrhenian coastline is mostly sediment free. The ridges of the Apennine Mountains can be seen running down the middle of the Italian peninsula, part of which are capped by snow.

The city of Rome can be seen in the full image, appearing as a grey area near the coast in the bottom half of the image. Visible to the west and northwest of the city are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano (dark blue, closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (dark blue, northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (light blue, located near the center of the width of the peninsula).

Apennine Mountains and Lakes of Italian Peninsula – October 14th, 2010

43.1N 12.0E

October 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - August 27th, 2010

This thumbnail image focuses on central Italy, from the Adriatic (above) to the Tyrrhenian (below) Seas. The ridges of the Apennine Mountains can be seen running down the middle of the peninsula, dark green in color.

In the full image, most of the Italian Peninsula, as well as the nearby islands of Corsica (France), and Sardinia and Sicily (Italy), can be seen.

In the thumbnail, several lakes can be observed, northwest of Rome, which appears as a grey area by the Tyrhennian shores of the peninsula. The lakes are Lake Bracciano (closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (green, further inland).

Italian Peninsula and Nearby Islands – July 19th, 2010

45.5N 10.6E

July 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy - July 4th, 2010

Italy - July 4th, 2010

Two ranges of mountains can be observed in this image of Italy: the Alps, capped with snow and shaped like an arch in the upper left quadrant, and the Apennine Mountains, in a line down the backbone of the Italian Peninsula.

The large valley south of the Alps is that of the River Po. Sediments from the river add a greenish hue to the Adriatic Sea, on the right side of the peninsula.

Several lakes can also be observed, including the dark blue Lake Garda at the foot of the alps, and a cluster of lakes near Rome, on the Tyrhennian side of the peninsula. These are Lake Bracciano (closest to Rome), Lake Bolsena (northwest of the former) and Lake Trasimeno (greenish blue and closer to the Apennines).

Several large islands can also be seen: Sicily, near the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, and Corsica (above) and Sardinia (below), left of the image center. Corsica belongs to France, while the other two belong to Italy.

Sediments in Gulf of Venice and Cities Along West Coast of Italian Peninsula

42.5N 12.5E

July 7th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments, Volcanoes

Italy - June 30th, 2010

Italy - June 30th, 2010

Clouds hang over the Apennine Mountains, the mountain chain running down the backbone of the Italian Peninsula. Other areas, such as the valley of the River Po to the north, are unobscured.

In the full image, sediments spilling from the Po Delta tinge the waters of the Adriatic Sea a greenish color. Sediments can also be seen north of the delta, in the Venetian Lagoon and Gulf of Venice.

On the western side of the peninsula, the cities of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius, and Rome, near Lake Bracciano, appear as greyish brown areas by the coast. Two other lakes can be observed near Rome: Lake Bolsena (northwest of Lake Bracciano) and Lake Trasimeno (greenish blue).

Lake Bracciano Northwest of Rome, Italy

42.1N 12.2E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

The city of Rome appears as a tan area spreading inland from the coast in the lower right corner. Visible to the left are three large lakes: Lake Bracciano, Lake Bolsena and Lake Trasimeno (light blue).

The closest to Rome is Lake Bracciano, circular and dark blue in color. It lies in the Sabatini Mountains, just northwest of the city, and is drained by the Arrone River on its southeast side. Mineral hot springs along its shores recall its earlier geologic formation from a group of volcanic craters.

The surface lies 538 feet (164 m) above sea level, with an area of 22 square miles (58 square km). The maximum depth is 525 feet (160 m) and the diameter is about 5.5 miles (9 km).

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