The Aeolian Islands, Italy38.4N 14.9E
The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Above, in the full image, the spiralling shape of currents in the sea is visible.
The largest island is Lipari (in the thumbnail image, the fourth from the left edge). The other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.
The present shape of the Aeolian Islands is the result of volcanic activity over a period of 260,000 years.
There are two active volcanoes – Stromboli (in the full image, the island farthest north) and Vulcano (to the right of Lipari). However, most of the islands experience volcanic activity from steaming fumaroles and thermal waters.
Below, on the island of Sicily, the famous Mount Etna volcano can also be observed. As this image has been orthorectified, the volcano and the mountains and hills in this area can be seen without geometric distortion.