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Corsica, the Most Mountainous Mediterranean Island

42.0N 9.1E

June 18th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Corsica and Sardinia - January 6th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the ridges of mountains on the French island of Corsica. Formed through volcanic explosions, it is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean. Mountains comprise two-thirds of the island, forming a single chain. Monte Cinto is the highest peak at 2,706 metres (8,878 ft) and it has 20 other summits of more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). Visible to the south is the Italian island of Sardinia, from which it is separated by the Strait of Bonifacio.

Haze Over Po Valley and Sediments Along Adriatic Coast, Italy – April 27th, 2012

44.3N 11.2E

April 27th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Sediments

Italy - April 14th, 2012

Haze can be observed in the western part of the Po Valley, south of the Alps, in Italy. It extends southward over the Gulf of Genoa, towards the islands of Corsica (above, belonging to France) and Sardinia (below, belonging to Italy). Following the Po Valley to the east, sediments can be seen entering the Adriatic Sea near Venice. Sediments line most of the eastern coast of Italy, giving it a greenish blue frame, while the western coast is mostly sediment free.

Gulf of Asinara and Strait of Bonifacio by Sardinia and Corsica – May 27th, 2011

40.1N 9.0E

May 27th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Italy - May 18th, 2011

The Strait of Bonifacio separates the French island of Corsica (above) and the Italian island of Sardinia (below). It is about 7 miles (11 km) wide and also divides the Tyrrhenian Sea (right) from the western Mediterranean Sea (left).

West of the straight is the Gulf of Asinara, a large bay between Asinara Island (on the western extreme of the gulf), Cape Falcone and the town of Castelsardo, in northern Sardinia, Italy.

Tunisia and Clouds Over Italian Peninsula

38.6N 11.5E

April 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Italy - April 8th, 2011

Thin clouds create a translucent haze over the Italian Peninsula. While the haze extends over the Tyrrhenian Sea, but does not pass beyond the islands of Sicily (below), Sardinia (left, below) and Corsica (left, above).

Visible to the south is part of Tunisia, fertile near the northern coast and becoming progressively more arid as one moves southward. Some lakes and areas of salt flats appear as white expanses amidst the desert terrain.


Vegetation Index of Italian Peninsula and Nearby Islands

41.4N 14.6E

September 14th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Italy - August 27th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the nearby islands of Sicily (below) and Sardinia (left, below), both belonging to Italy, and Corsica (left, above), part of France.

The Italian mainland shows a mostly good vegetation index (green), with some areas of high activity (brownish red) by the Apennine Range in the north. Sicily and the Apulia region, however, appear white and yellow, indicating a very low index. Corsica also appears to have a higher index than its neighbor, Sardinia.