The French island of Corsica. Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features Corsica, which is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Corsica is a strikingly beautiful place to visit and a popular destination for hiking. Beyond the coastline, the island has spectacular mixed forests with oak, pine, beech, chestnut, olive and fig trees.
Nearly half of the island is dedicated to nature reserves, including the Etang de Biguglia, Corsica’s largest coastal lagoon. This particular reserve supports a variety of wintering and breeding waterbirds.
The image was captured by the Landsat-8 satellite.
Corsica in Corsican and Italian, pronounced [ˈkorsiɡa] and [ˈkɔrsika] respectively) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and politically one of the 18 regions of France. It lies southeast of the French mainland, west of the Italian Peninsula, and immediately north of the Italian island of Sardinia, the land mass nearest to it. A single chain of mountains makes up two-thirds of the island.
The island is a territorial collectivity of France. The regional capital is Ajaccio. Although the region is divided into two administrative departments, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud, their respective regional and departmental territorial collectivities were merged on 1 January 2018 to form the single territorial collectivity of Corsica. As such, Corsica enjoys a greater degree of autonomy than other French regional collectivities, for example the Corsican Assembly is permitted to exercise limited executive powers. Corsica’s second-largest town is Bastia, the prefecture city of Haute-Corse.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Image Credit: ESA