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Large Forest Fire Sweeping Across Island of Chios, Greece – August 23rd, 2012

38.3N 26.1E

August 23rd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Greece – August 18th, 2012

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios, which lies north-east of the capital, Athens, off the coast of Turkey. Here, a plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (bottom edge).

The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by gale force winds. Authorities said that after just two days the blaze had destroyed about 7,000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland. Residents of nine villages and hamlets were evacuated from their homes over the weekend as the fire approached.

Mediterranean Features by Turkey and Egypt

33.7N 29.7E

May 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Turkey - April 28th, 2012

This image stretches from Turkey (above), across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt (lower right) and Libya (lower left). The large islands in the Mediterranean are Cyprus (right) and Crete (left). North of Crete are many smaller Aegean Islands, belonging to both Turkey and Greece.

Other important bodies of water in the image include the Nile River and Nile Delta. Located just east of the delta is the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. To the north, in Turkey, are several lakes in the Turkish Lakes Region. The largest two are the bright turquoise Lake Eğirdir (left) and Lake Beyşehir (right). To their northeast is Lake Van, appearing as a bright white salt flat.

Valleys and Mountains by Turkey’s West Coast

38.1N 27.0E

December 12th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Turkey - November 25th, 2011

Surrounded by water on three sides and protected by high mountains along its eastern border, Turkey generally has well-defined natural borders. This image focuses on the western coastal areas of the country, bordering the Aegean Sea. Visible offshore are some of the Aegean Islands, although most belong to Greece despite their close proximity to the Turkish mainland.

The coastal regions bordering the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. While the lowlands have fertile soil and are usually used for agriculture, mountains can be seen as well, particularly as one moves eastward.


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).

Contrails Over Aegean Islands, Greece and Turkey

37.2N 25.3E

November 19th, 2011 Category: Clouds

Greece and Turkey - November 8th, 2011

The Aegean Islands are a large 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, those of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kasos to the southeast.

The Aegean Islands belong mostly to Greece, being split among nine administrative peripheries. The only sizable possessions of Turkey in the Aegean Sea are Imbros (Gökçeada) and Tenedos (Bozcaada), in the northeastern end of the Sea. The Turkish islands also include various smaller islets off Turkey’s western coast.

The Aegean Islands are traditionally subdivided into seven groups, from north to south: Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Euboea, Argo-Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese (Southern Sporades, with the exception of Kastellorizo and adjacent islets, which belong to the Eastern Mediterranean), and Crete.

Visible in the lower part of the image and amidst the islands are numerous condensation trails (or contrails), vapor trails from passing aircraft that leave criss-crossed lines in the sky.