Venice Italy
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Venice, Italy

January 16, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Venice, Italy, and its marshy lagoon in 1985.

Venice was founded as a result of the influx of refugees into the marshes of the Po estuary following the invasion of northern Italy by the Lombards in 568. It was built on more than 100 islands forming the archipelago of the Venetian Lagoon. Every means of transport is on water or on foot, with the countless canals serving the function of roads. The only causeways in Venice are the railroad station and the surrounding car parking lot which were added in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively. Beyond these two land entrances at the North Western edge of the city, transportation within the city remains, as it was in past, entirely on water or on foot.

Venice is also served by the Marco Polo International Airport, or Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo, named in honor of its famous citizen. The airport is on the mainland and was rebuilt away from the coast.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 23-Sep-1985
  • Center coordinates: lat. 45.43, lon. 12.33

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