The Island of Corsica • Earth.comThe Island of Corsica

Last update: April 6th, 2020 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the island of Corsica.

Corsica is located in the Mediterranean Sea just southeast of France and west of Italy. The island measures 114 miles in length and 52 miles in width and is very mountainous. Monte Cinto, located at the top of the image, is the island’s highest peak measuring 8,878 feet.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

Corsica (/ˈkɔːrsɪkə/; French: Corse [kɔʁs]; Corsica in Corsican and Italian, pronounced [ˈkorsiga] and [ˈkɔrsika] respectively) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 18 regions of France. It is located southeast of the French mainland and west of the Italian Peninsula, with the nearest land mass being the Italian island of Sardinia to the immediate south. A single chain of mountains makes up two-thirds of the island.

The island is an administrative region of France (with the regional capital being Ajaccio), divided in two administrative departments, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. The corresponding regional and departmental territorial collectivities, however, merged on 1 January 2018, forming the single territorial collectivity of Corsica. As a single territorial collectivity, Corsica enjoys a greater degree of autonomy than other French regional collectivities; for example, the Corsican Assembly is able to exercise limited executive powers. Bastia, the prefecture city of Haute-Corse, is the second largest town in Corsica.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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