Earth Snapshot RSS Feed Twitter
 
 
 
 

Troodos Mountains and Limassol Salt Lake, Cyprus

34.6N 32.9E

May 9th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Cyprus - April 28th, 2010

Cyprus - April 28th, 2010

The physical relief of the island of Cyprus is dominated by two mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, and the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria. The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area, appearing dark green here.

Also of note, although better visible in the full image, is Limassol salt lake (also known as Akrotiri salt lake), the largest inland body of water in Cyprus. It is located on a peninsula on the southern coast of the island and appears bright green in color.

The lake lies due south-east of the sprawling city of Limassol and measures 10.65 km². Its lowest point is 2.7m below sea level and at its deepest point the water depth measures 1m. Geologists hypothesize the lake was formed over the gradual joining of an offshore islet off the southern coast of Cyprus.

The lake itself is considered to be one of the eastern Mediterranean’s most important wetlands. The fact that the water level over 50% of the lake is less than 30 cm deep attracts thousands of wading birds to use it as a stopover during the migration seasons. Birdlife International estimates that between 2,000 and 20,000 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) spend the winter months on the lake.

Leave a Reply


About Us

Earth Observation

Organisations

Archive

December 2016
M T W T F S S
« Mar    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Categories


Bulletin Board


Featured Posts

Information

48


Take Action

Widgets