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Research into the River Po

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´╗┐NUMBER ONE The source of the river Po is the Cottian Alps. The river Po is 405 miles (652 Km). The river Po has 141 tributaries; these include the Adda and Reno tributaries. The Reno was a tributary of the river Po until the middle of the eighteenth century when the course was diverted to lessen the risk of devastating floods. About 60 million people visit the river Po regions in Italy every year. Has a catchment basin of 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometres), which created the Val Padana, the plain that stretches across northern Italy from the French border on the west to the Adriatic Sea on the east. ...read more.

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Its power is also used to produce electricity. NUMBER TWO The Northern part of Italy has hot summers and cold winter, although the temperature rarely drops below freezing during the daytime. The South enjoys mild winters and long, dry, hot summers. Mountain areas such as the Alps and the Apennines have long; cold winters long and short, cool summers. Italy?s distinct shape (the boot) makes it one of the most recognizable countries in the world. Being a peninsula, the majority of the country is surrounded by the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea leading to nearly 8000 km (nearly 5000 miles). ...read more.

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Less than a quarter (23%) of its total territory is formed by plains, while mountainous areas occupy over a third of its surface (35%). Finally, over two-fifths (42%) consists of hill zones. Italy's maximum height above sea level corresponds with the summit of Mt. Bianco, 4,810 m., on the border with France. The far eastern section of the Po Plain has in contrast some zones slightly below sea level, which are generally subject to subsidence phenomena. However, physically, the Italian territory can be considered to consist of the following regional units, characterized by a certain morphological similarity and at times also climatic: the Alpine system and Po-Venetian Plain in the continental section; the Apennine system and anti-Apennine reliefs in the peninsula section; and the large islands of Sicily and Sardinia. ...read more.

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