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Turkey’s Aegean Region and Nearby Greek Islands

36.1N 27.8E

December 5th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Greece and Turkey - November 8th, 2011

Located on the western side of Anatolia, Turkey’s Aegean region has a fertile soil and a typically Mediterranean climate; with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The broad, cultivated valley lowlands contain about half of the country’s richest farmlands.

Visible in the lower right quadrant is part of Turkey’s Mediterranean Region. Also, visible off the coast are some of the Aegean Islands, most of which belong to Greece. Of particular note are Lesbos, the largest island in the upper left quadrant and the third largest Greek island, with an area of 1,632 km2 (630 sq mi), and Rhodes, the largest island in the lower right quadrant and the argest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece, with an area of 1,400 km2 (541 sq mi).

Greek Islands in Northern Aegean Sea

April 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greece - April 10th, 2009

Greece - April 10th, 2009

The Greek island of Thassos is located in the northern Aegean Sea, close to the coast of Thrace and the plain of the river Nestos. It is approximately 7 km from the mainland and 20 km south-east of Kavala.

The Island is formed mainly by gneisses, schists and marbles of the Rhodope Massif. The highest elevation of Thasos is the Ypsario, at 1,204 m.

Upon opening the full image, another island, Samothrace, can be seen to the west of Thassos. The island is 17 km long and is 178 km2 in size.

It is the southernmost island and point in Greek Thrace. It is only a few kilometres west of the maritime boundary between Greece and Turkey.

Lakes Beyşehir and Eğirdir in Turkey, and Greek Dodecanese Islands

37.6N 28.6E

April 19th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - April 8th, 2011

Lakes Beyşehir (east) and Eğirdir (west), in southwestern Turkey, appear as bright teal areas near the right edge of this image.

Lake Beyşehir is 45 km long and 20 km wide and has an area of 650 km², giving it a larger surface area than its neighbor Eğirdir, which has an area of 482 km².

Visible on the left side of the image are multiple islands in the Aegean Sea, most of which actually belong to Greece, not Turkey. Most of those visible here are part of the Dodecanese, a group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands that belong to the Southern Sporades island group.

Aegean Islands Between Greece and Turkey

35.2N 24.8E

July 11th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Greece and Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Greece and Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Thousands of islands belonging to Greece (left) and Turkey (right) dot the waters of the Aegean Sea. These are the Aegean Islands, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, with mainland Greece to the west and north and Turkey to the east; the island of Crete delimits the sea to the south.

Crete, easily discernible towards the bottom of the image due to its large size, is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea at 8,336 km2 (3,219 sq mi).

Greek Island of Rhodes off the Coast of Turkey

36.1N 27.9E

May 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Turkey and Greece - April 18th, 2010

Turkey and Greece - April 18th, 2010

Many islands are visible off the coast of Turkey, although despite their close proximity to that nation, most belong to Greece. The largest visible here is the island of Rhodes.

It is the largest of the Dodecanese group, Greece, and the most easterly in the Aegean Sea, separated from Turkey by the Strait of Marmara. The 540-sq-mi (1,398-sq-km) island is traversed northwest-southeast by hills that reach 3,986 ft (1,215 m) in the summit of Atáviros.

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