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Chalkidiki Peninsula by Aegean Sea in Northern Greece

40.4N 23.2E

February 26th, 2013 Category: Mountains

Greece – January 23rd, 2013

Chalkidiki is a peninsula in northern Greece, and one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia. Chalkidiki consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three fingers: Pallene (now Kassandra), Sithonia, and Agion Oros (the ancient Acte), which contains Mount Athos and its monasteries. The Cholomontas mountains lie in the north-central part of Chalkidiki.

Mining projects proposed for the peninsula could have serious detrimental effects on its ecosystem, particularly water resources and soil. The area of exploitation covers 264 square kilometers with 90% forest cover, including primeval forests and rich flora and fauna with rare, endangered and strictly protected species.

Bioaccumulation of heavy metals at various levels of the food chain is extremely dangerous to the functioning of ecosystems, agro-pastoral products and ultimately to human health. Deforestation and forest drainage of the aquifer is a threat to ecosystems. The pollution of the marine environment by mining pollutants and the construction and operation of a large-scale industrial port would damage the quality of sea water both as a natural habitat of marine organisms as well as bathing waters (click here for more information).

Straits Connecting Black, Marmara and Aegean Seas – July 23rd, 2011

40.6N 28.2E

July 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Black Sea - July 14th, 2011

While the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas (below) are dotted with hundreds of Greek and Turkish islands, few are visible in the Black Sea (upper right).

The Black Sea is connected to the Sea of Marmara (center) via the Bosphorus Strait, with the city of Istanbul located on either side. The Sea of Marmara is then linked to the Aegean Sea through the Dardanelles.

In the upper left quadrant, the Danube River can be seen flowing along the border of Romania (above) and Bulgaria (below), to its delta on the shores of the Black Sea.


Sea of Marmara Connecting Black and Aegean Seas, Turkey

41.1N 29.0E

July 1st, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Turkey - June 21st, 2011

Here, the Black Sea (upper right) can be seen connecting to the Sea of Marmara (center), which in turn connects to the Aegean Sea (lower left).

The Bosphorus strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and the Dardanelles strait to the Aegean. The former also separates Istanbul into its Asian and European sides. The Sea has an area of 11,350 km² (280 km x 80 km) with the greatest depth reaching 1,370 m.

Island of Thasos in the Aegean Sea, Greece

40.7N 24.7E

March 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Greece - February 19th, 2010

Greece - February 19th, 2010

Thasos or Thassos, visible in the lower left quadrant of this orthorectified image, is a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, close to the coast of Thrace and the plain of the river Nestos but geographically part of Macedonia. It is the northernmost Greek island.

Thasos has a generally round shape, without deep bays and significant peninsulas. The highest peak, Ypsario or Ipsario, is 1,205 m (3428 ft) high and lies in the eastern half of the island, which is steeper and mostly covered in pine forest. The western half has gentler slopes. While generally mountainous, the terrain is not particularly rugged, as it rises gradually from the coast towards the island center.

Water Currents Around Cyclades Island Group, Aegean Sea – August 22nd, 2009

37.0N 25.5E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Greece - July 27th, 2009

Greece - July 27th, 2009

Sun glint off the waters of the Aegean Sea highlights the movement of currents around the Greek islands. Mainland Turkey is visible to the right, and upon opening the full image, mainland Greece and the city of Athens are visible to the left.

Most of the islands seen here are part of the Cyclades island group, south-east of the mainland of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands around the sacred island of Delos.

The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands that are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini (Thera). The climate is generally dry and mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile.