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Piedmont Region Surrounded by the Alps, Italy

45.0N 7.6E

October 15th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Italy - September 29th, 2009

Italy - September 29th, 2009

The region of Piedmont in Italy is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso (Mont Vis), where the River Po rises, and Monte Rosa.

The geography of Piedmont is 43.3% mountainous, along with extensive areas of hills (30.3%) and plains (26.4%). From the highest peaks the land generally slopes down to hilly areas, then to the upper great Padan Plain, and finally to the lower great Padan Plain.

Piedmont is the second largest of Italy’s 20 administrative regions, after Sicily. It has an area of 25,399 km2 and a population of about 4.4 million. The capital is Turin, appears as a brownish area above the image center.

Plume of Smoke from Fires Near Genoa, Italy, Spreads Over Sea – September 9th, 2009

44.4N 8.9E

September 9th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Italy fires - September 8th, 2009

Close-up of fire

Close-up of fire

Widespreading fires near Genoa, Italy, have burned hundreds of hectares of forest and threatened several nearby homes. Here, a plume of smoke from the fires hooks southwest over the sea. The port city of Genoa is visible on the coast near the fire.

One fire that burned through the area between Nervi and Quarto was set by four people attempting to burn an unwanted heap of wood, while another around Apparizione was started by a sole individual.

Although the situation has improved over the last few days, the battle to put out the flames isn’t over yet. Several aircraft continue to dump seawater and flame-retardant liquids upon the fires that are still ongoing.

No evacuations have been ordered, although firefighters and volunteers are continuing to keep a close eye on critical areas where flames came close to homes overnight.

Also of note in this image, moving down the coastline from Genoa, are sediments spilling into the sea near the cities of La Spezia and Viareggio. Offshore, the large island of Corsica and the smaller island of Elba are visible in the lower right quadrant. Further inland, Lake Garda can be seen in the Alps at the top right, with the city of Milan to its southwest and the city of Turin further west.

Fog Below Italian Alps

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Northern Italy - February 26th, 2009

Northern Italy - February 26th, 2009

The Italian Alps, curving from the top right to the bottom left, are covered by snow, as is the smaller Apennine Range, running southward from the bottom right quadrant.

The lowlands towards the center, between the two mountain ranges, where cities such as  Turin and Milan are located, are free of snow but coated with a light fog.

The River Po can be seen flowing through the center of these lowlands, and Lake Garda is visible to the right, just below the Alps.

Snowfall in Northern Italy

January 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Snow in northern Italy - January 12th, 2009

Snow in northern Italy - January 12th, 2009

Detail of cities surrounded by snow

Detail of cities surrounded by snow

Northern Italy has received much snowfall over the last week.

The Alps, to the North, are snow capped, as are the Apennines, running southward.

The lowlands between the two mountain ranges are also covered by snow, with the River Po running between them.

In the first image detail, cities such as  Turin, Milan, Parma, Modena and Bologna can be seen as dark grey circles amidst the snow.

The second image detail gives a closer look at the white peaks of the Alps.

Close-up of snowfall over the Alps

Close-up of snowfall over the Alps

For other articles regarding snowfall over the Alps, please click here.