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The snow-covered Alps from space

04-15-2020


The snow-covered Alps from space Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) features the highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe, the Alps.

The region is home to about 20 million people in eight different European countries, including France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. 

This true-color image was captured from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 on February 16, 2019. The mountain belt formed during the Alpine Orogeny. The snow-covered Alps from space as shown above in the video shows the highest peak of the mountatin. Also you can see the belt is discontinuous due to a gap which separates the Alps from the Carpathians.

The Alps are the most prominent of western Europe’s physiographic regions. With a variety of elevations and shapes. The Alps boast incredibly unusual and complex topography.

They extend north from the subtropical Mediterranean coast of Nice, France to Lake Geneva before trending east-northeast to Vienna. Many mountain villages are scattered throughout the alpine regions. You will also find a number of ski resorts and railways as well as natural features like alpine lakes and vast glaciers.

The location of the Alps as well as variations in elevation and exposure can lead to extreme differences in climate, not only between separate ranges but within an individual range itself. Also the winds play a prominent role in the daily weather and microclimate conditions of the Alps. The daily weather is influenced by the location and passage of cyclonic storms. Such as well as the direction of the winds as they pass over the mountains.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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