The Gulf of Taranto, Italy, from space •

The Gulf of Taranto, Italy, from space


The Gulf of Taranto, Italy, from space Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Gulf of Taranto, Italy, as it appears from space.

Taranto, which is an important commercial port, is visible on the bottom right of the image.

The Aleppo pine forest of the Stornara Nature Reserve is visible in dark green along the coast. 

Above the forest, there are various patches of agricultural fields where a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and cereals are grown. The Gulf of Taranto is a gulf of the Ionian Sea, in Southern Italy. The Gulf of Taranto is almost square, 140 km long and wide, making it the largest gulf in Italy, and it is delimited by the capes Santa Maria di Leuca and Colonna, encompassed by the three regions of Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria. The most important rivers are the Basento, the Sinni, and the Agri.

Gulf of Taranto. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the Gulf of Taranto. Situated at the base of the boot of Italy, the gulf is roughly 140 kilometers long and 140 kilometers wide (90 miles by 90 miles). The city of Taranto is an important commercial and military port, with steel and iron factories, oil refineries, chemical works, shipyards, and food-processing plants.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency


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