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Turin and Milan Near the Alps, Italy – February 22nd, 2012

45.4N 9.1E

February 22nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Italy - February 2nd, 2012

This orthoctified wide-swath ASAR image shows the contours of the Alps, arching across northern Italy. The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west.

Much of the southern edge of the Alps is clearly delimited by the basin of the River Po. Here the cities of Milan (center) and Turin (left) can be seen near the foot of the Alps, appearing as bright white areas in the Po Valley. Visible along the southern part of the valley is the beginning of the Apennines mountain chain. The boundary between the Apennines and the Alps is usually taken to be the Colle di Cadibona, at 435 m above sea level, above Savona on the Italian coast.

White Arc of the Alps Across Southern Europe

46.4N 6.5E

July 13th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy, France and Switzerland - June 30th, 2010

Italy, France and Switzerland - June 30th, 2010

The peaks of the Alps create a white arc across this image of France (left), Switzerland (central – upper right) and Italy (lower right). A very small part of Germany can be seen in the upper right corner.

A large valley is visible in Italy below the mountains, with the city of Turin standing out as a grey area in the full image. Numerous other cities and town can be seen as well, speckled across the green of the lowlands.

On the other side of the mountains are several bodies of water of note. Running across France, through the city of Arles, and emptying into the Mediterranean Sea is the River Rhône. Near the base of the Alps are two large lakes: Lake Geneva (dark blue) and Lake Constance (turquoise).

Ivrea and Viverone Lake at the Foot of the Alps, Italy

45.4N 7.8E

May 24th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

The town and comune of Ivrea is visible at the foot of the Alps near the center of this orthorectified image of the province of Turin, in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.

Situated on the road leading to the Aosta Valley (part of the medieval Via Francigena), it straddles the Dora Baltea and is regarded as the centre of the Canavese area. Ivrea lies in a basin that, in prehistoric times, formed a great lake.

Here, a lake is visible southeast of the town: Lago di Viverone. It lies between the districts of Biella, Vercelli and Ivrea in the area of morainic hills known as Serra. It has an area of about 6 km2 and a maximum depth of 70 m, and a perimeter of about 10.5 km. The lake is 3,500 m long and 2,600 m wide.

Turin by the Alps, Italy – May 14th, 2010

45.0N 7.6E

May 14th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Italy - April 28th, 2010

Turin, visible in the upper left corner of this orthorectified image,  is located in northwest Italy. It is surrounded on the western and northern front by the Alps and on the eastern front by a high hill that is the natural prosecution of the hills of Monferrato.

Four major rivers pass through the city: the Po and two of its tributaries, the Dora Riparia (later changed to “Duria Minor” by the Romans, from the Celtic duria meaning “water”), the Stura di Lanzo, and the Sangone.

Turin (Italian: Torino) is a major city and capital of the Piedmont region. The population of the city proper is 909,193 (November 2008) while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants; the Turin metropolitan area is estimated by OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.

Turin and Viverone Lake Below the Alps, Italy

45.4N 8.0E

February 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Italy - February 17th, 2010

Italy - February 17th, 2010

The city of Turin (lower left quadrant) is located in northwest Italy. It is surrounded on the western and northern front by the Alps and on the eastern front by a high hill that is the natural continuation of the hills of Monferrato.

Four major rivers pass through the city: the Po and two of its tributaries, the Dora Riparia (later changed to “Duria Minor” by the Romans, from the Celtic duria meaning “water”), the Stura di Lanzo, and the Sangone.

Visible below the Alps just to the right of the center of this orthorectified image is Lago di Viverone, or Viverone Lake. Named after the town of Viverone, it lies between the districts of Biella, Vercelli and Ivrea in the area of morainic hills known as Serra. It has an area of about 6 km2 and a maximum depth of 70 m, and a perimeter of about 10.5 km. The lake is 3,500 m long and 2,600 m wide.

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