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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).

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).

Sediments Along Black Sea Coast – October 21st, 2011

45.0N 24.9E

October 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Greece - October 20th, 2011

Thick greenish sediments line the coast of the Black Sea, stretching from Romania (above) to Turkey (right). The shoreline of the Aegean Sea, to the south, is much clearer.

Of note in the upper part of the image is the inverse S-shape of the Carpathian Mountains, stretching mainly across Romania and Bulgaria. The terrain in Greece (lower left quadrant) and Turkey (lower right quadrant) is also quite mountains, although with valleys that are much less extensive than those east of the Carpathians.

Europe, from the Carpathians to Crimea to Greece and Turkey – September 25th, 2011

41.4N 27.3E

September 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Greece - September 1st, 2011

This image stretches from the Black Sea (upper right quadrant) to the Sea of Marmara (center), to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas (below). Visible in the upper right corner is part of the Crimean Peninsula, in Ukraine.

The upper left quadrant includes the Carpathian Mountains, snaking across Romania and neighboring countries in an inverted S-shape. Visible below are Greece (left) and Turkey (right) and the numerous islands between them.