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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Mon, 12.04.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 12 April 2021
April 12, 2021 - Spring in the North Adriatic Sea


Adriatic Sea

A halo of tan and green sediment hugged the shores of Italy, staining
the bright blue waters of the northern Adriatic Sea in early April
2021. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on
board NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image on April 8.

The Adriatic Sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea,
separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkans. Italy sits along the
western coast of the Adriatic and, in this image, Slovenia can be seen
in the northeast and Croatia in the east. Many islands sit off the
mainland of Croatia and the waters are deep; the waters are shallower
off of Italy and few islands exist.

The suspended sediment probably comes from run-off after spring rains,
from tidal action bringing sediment up from a relatively shallow
bottom, and from the substantial amount of sediment that is washed into
the Adriatic from several large rivers that pour into the northwestern
section of the Sea. These rivers, particularly the Po and Adige Rivers,
carry melt water and sediment from the Apennine Mountains and the Alps
as well as fill with spring rains. Snow still covers both the high Alps
(north) and Apennines (west), although warming temperatures have
already started a vigorous spring melt.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 4/8/2021
Resolutions: 1km (440.2 KB), 500m (1.1 MB), 250m (857.3 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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