Mount Etna in Sicily Italy
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Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy

January 18, 2006
This Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) image shows the east coast of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina (in the top of the image) of 32 km long and 3 to 8 km wide and connecting the Tyrrhenian Sea (in the top) with the Ionian Sea (in the bottom).

The active volcanic island of Stromboli on the Tyrrhenian Sea is clearly visible in the top left part of the image with its crater Sciara del Fuoco (926 meters). Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, is in the center of the image, covering an area of 1600 square kilometers and with a height of 3323 meters approximately. The mountain is an immense cone broken by fissures and some 250 minor cones (some of them clearly visible in the image).

The city of Catania is seen on the coast to the southeast of the volcano in bright color with the Fontanarossa International Airport to the south of the city. Syracuse, in antiquity the largest and most powerful city in Sicily, is also seen in bright color on the eastern cape of the image.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 09-Apr-2003
  • Orbit nr: 05787
  • Center coordinates: lat. 37.57, lon. 15.72

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