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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).

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