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Italian Island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean

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May 26th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Sardinia is an island and region of Italy, second in size only to Sicily among the islands of the western Mediterranean. Area 9,301 square miles (24,090 square km). As of 2006, its population was estimated at 1,655,677. The capital is Cagliari.

Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna) lies 120 miles (200 km) west of the mainland of Italy, 7.5 miles (12 km) south of the neighbouring French island of Corsica, and 120 miles (200 km) north of the coast of Africa.

The Mediterranean Islands of Sardinia and Corsica – March 2nd, 2009

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sardinia, Italy - February 26th, 2009

Sardinia, Italy - February 26th, 2009

Sardinia (in Italian: Sardegna) is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily), with an area of 24,090 square kilometres (9,301 sq mi).

The island is surrounded by the French island of Corsica to the North, from which it is separated by the the Strait of Bonifacio,  and the Italian Peninsula to the East.

Sardinia is a constitutional part of Italy, with a special statute of regional autonomy under the Italian Constitution.

Sardinia is a generally mountainous island with a few coastal plains. The island’s mountains are divided into three ranges; the highest peaks are in the middle section of the island.

The island has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry, windy summers and very mild winters. The climate in the mountains tends to be wetter and cooler than the lower coastal plains; and winter snowfalls are not uncommon in the higher peaks. Here, some snow caps one peak near the center of the island.

Corsica (in French: Corse) is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the 26 regions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is designated as a “territorial collectivity” by law.

Corsica is 183 kilometres (114 mi) long at longest, 83 kilometres (52 mi) wide at widest, has 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) of coastline, more than 200 beaches, and is very mountainous. Here, the mountains near the east coast are clearly visible, while the west coast is partially obscured by a triangular cloud formation.

Fog in Northern Italy – October 18th, 2008

October 18th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Italy - October 9th, 2008Italy

Italy - October 9th, 2008

Close up of a meteorological disturbance by Sardegna

Close up of a meteorological disturbance by Sardegna

Close-up of fog in northern Italy

Close-up of fog in northern Italy

Here, we have a clear view of Italy at the beginning of the second week in October. In the north, we can see fog covering the Padana Plains (Pianura Padana) from West to East, around the River Po and near cities including Turin, Milan and Ferrara. Further south, we can also observe a meteorological disturbance off the northeastern coast of Sardinia in the Tyrrhenian Sea, obscuring Olbia and other cities.