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Island of Elba Off the Coast of Tuscany, Italy

42.7N 10.1E

January 7th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Italy - December 29th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the island of Elba, part of Tuscany, Italy, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino. The largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is also part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of the French island of Corsica.

The island of Elba is the largest remaining stretch of land from the ancient tract that once connected the Italian peninsula to Corsica. The northern coast faces the Ligurian Sea; the eastern coast the Piombino Channel; the southern coast the Tyrrhenian Sea; while the Corsica channel divides the western tip of the Island from neighbouring Corsica.

The terrain is quite varied, and is thus divided into several areas based on geomorphology. The mountainous and most recent part of the island can be found to the west, the centre of which is dominated by Mount Capanne (1,018 metres (3,340 ft)), also called the “roof of the Tuscan Archipelago”.

The central part of the island is a mostly flat section with the width being reduced to just four kilometres. It is where the major centres can be found: Portoferraio, Campo nell’Elba. To the east is the oldest part of the island, formed over 400 million years ago. In the hilly area, dominated by Monte Calamita, are the deposits of iron that made Elba famous.

Sediments from Tiber and Ombrone Rivers, Italy – February 10th, 2010

41.8N 12.4E

February 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

Italy - January 3rd, 2010

Italy - January 3rd, 2010

Sediments line the coast of Italy and flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea from rivers including the Tiber, which flows through  the city of Rome before entering the sea, and the Ombrone, which flows past the city of Grosseto. The mouth of the Tiber is visible releasing dark brown sediments in the lower right quadrant, while that of the Ombrone releases thick tan sediments near the left edge.

Three large lakes can also be seen (from top to bottom): Lake Trasimeno, which appears light blue near the upper edge, as well as Lake Bolsena and Lake Bracciano, both darker blue and closer to the center of the image. Appear 20 kilometers northwest of Lake Bolsena, in the southern Tuscany region, is Monte Amiata. It is the largest of the lava domes in the Amiata lava dome complex.

Coastal Tuscany: Elba Island and the Monte Argentario Peninsula, Italy

42.4N 11.1E

September 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Two interesting features can be noted near and along the coast of Italy: the island of Elba (near left edge) and the Monte Argentario peninsula (below center).

Elba is part of the Italian region of Tuscany and is situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Ligurian Sea, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino.

It is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. The island’s terrain is quite varied, with mountains in the west, while the central part of the island is a mostly flat.

Monte Argentario is a peninsula and municipality that is also part of Tuscany, located about 150 km south of Florence and about 35 km south of Grosseto. The landscape and the coast are mainly rocky.

The peninsula is connected with the mainland by three dams which form two lagoons, the Laguna di Ponente on the west side and the Laguna di Levante on the east side of the middle dam.

Italy Hit by Storms on First Day of Summer

40.9N 14.0E

June 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - June 21st, 2009

Italy - June 21st, 2009

Summer got off to a tragic start in Italy as an atmospheric disturbance brought severe downpours, whirlwinds and rough seas, causing seven deaths in 36 hours.

The storms also disrupted transportation on land and sea, and city infrastructures were damaged by water and high winds.

At least half of the country was touched by storms, although the most affected regions were Apulia, Latium and Tuscany. Here, the skies over Italy gradually clear as the disturbance moves away.

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