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International Space Station Imagery
Fucine Lake, central Italy
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ISS016-E-030337 (26 Feb. 2008) --- Fucine Lake, central Italy is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crewmember on the International Space Station. The light tan oval in this image is the floor of a lake in central Italy that has been drained by a tunnel dug through the surrounding hills. Numerous rectangular fields can be seen on this former lake bottom--now one of the most fertile regions of Italy. The existence of a former lake explains the name of the area. The town of Avezzano (bottom left), near the drainage outlet of the basin, lies 80 kilometers east of Rome. The "circumference road" can be detected tracking around the edge of the lake; it roughly follows the boundary between green, vegetated fields around the basin and tan fallow fields within. This recent photograph shows a dusting of snow along mountain ridges to the south (image upper and lower right). The basin of Fucine Lake has no natural outlet. Consequently the level of the original lake fluctuated widely with any higher-than-average rainfall.

Curator: JSC PAO Web Team | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 10/30/2012
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