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Mountains and Volcanoes of Sicily, Italy

37.5N 13.9E

October 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Volcanoes

Italy - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Sicily’s roughly triangular shape, separated to the east from the Italian region of Calabria through the Strait of Messina.

The terrain of inland Sicily is mostly hilly. Along the northern coast, mountain ranges of Madonie (2000 m), Nebrodi (1800 m) and Peloritani (1300 m) represent an extension of mainland Appennines. The cone of Mount Etna dominates over the eastern coast. In the south-east lie lower Hyblaean Mountains (1000 m).

Vegetation Index of Italy and Bordering Countries – September 18th, 2011

44.6N 10.1E

September 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - August 25th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Italy and neighboring countries, including Switzerland (upper left corner), Croatia (across the Adriatic Sea) and Hungary (upper right).

The vegetation index across the entire image is generally good (green). Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red) can be observed in northern Italy and at the feet of the Alps. The index is lowest (yellow) in Sicily (bottom right) and along Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Ash Plume from Mount Etna – August 21st, 2011

37.7N 14.9E

August 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy - August 13th, 2011

Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, has being having short, violent bursts of activity known as paroxysms throughout the year. Each paroxysm has included volcanic tremors, emissions of ash and lava flows, all concentrated around the New Southeast Crater, which is located just below the volcano’s summit.

Etna’s tenth paroxysm of 2011 occurred on August 12th, as reported by NASA. This image shows the volcano the day after the event, still releasing a white plume of gas and ash to the southeast, towards the nearby city of Catania. Like the other events, the activity began at the New Southeast Crater. This time, fountaining of lava produced the ash plume, which was estimated to have reached an altitude of 14,000 feet (4,300 meters); 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the 10,925-foot (3,330-meter) summit.

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.

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