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The Gulf of Taranto, Italy

12-06-2021

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Gulf of Taranto, a gulf of the Ionian Sea in southern Italy.

Taranto, which is an important commercial port, is visible on the bottom right of the image. Along the coast, the Aleppo pine forest of the Stornara Nature Reserve is visible in dark green.

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 140 kilometers long and wide, making it the largest gulf in Italy. 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. The Gulf of Taranto (Italian: Golfo di Taranto; Tarantino: Gurfe de Tarde; Latin: Sinus Tarentinus) is a gulf of the Ionian Sea, in Southern Italy.

Located in the Apulia region of Southern Italy, Taranto is a huge commercial and military port and is one of the most important cities in this area of Italy. Currently the city has a population of 200,000 and has several major economic industries including commercial shipping and trade, steel works, iron foundries and shipyards for military use.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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