October 23, 2004
Malta, an independent republic, consists of a small group of islandsâ€”Malta, Gozo, Kemmuna, Kemmunett, and Filflaâ€”located in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, with a total area of 316 square kilometers. The capital and leading port of the country is Valletta, which appears as a gray patch around the two deep inlets on Malta's northern coastline. About 400,000 people live on this island nation. The islands of Malta consist of low-lying coralline limestone plateaus surrounded by impermeable clay slopes. The highest point is 239 meters above sea level. This natural-color image was acquired on July 29, 2001, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA's Terra satellite.
Topics: Malta Island, Phoenician colonies, Terra, Environment, Comino, Gozo, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Malta