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Athens in Attica Basin and Nearby Mountains, Greece

37.9N 23.7E

February 26th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Greece - February 1st, 2012

Near the center of this wide-swath ASAR image is Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece. It appears as a white area near the coast. Athens sprawls across the central plain of Attica that is often referred to as the Athens or Attica Basin.

The basin is bounded by four large mountains: Mount Aegaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Penteli to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east. Beyond Mount Aegaleo lies the Thriasian plain, which forms an extension of the central plain to the west. The Saronic Gulf lies in the southwest. Mount Parnitha is the tallest of the four mountains (1,413 m (4,636 ft)).

Pindus Mountains and Cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

40.6N 22.9E

August 18th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Greece - July 30th, 2010

Greece consists of a mountainous, peninsular mainland jutting out into the sea at the southern end of the Balkans, the Peloponnesus peninsula (separated from the mainland by the canal of the Isthmus of Corinth), and numerous islands.

Eighty percent of Greece is covered by mountains or hills, making the country one of the most mountainous in Europe. Here, white clouds dot the skies over some of the mountain peaks, particularly over the Pindus mountain range to the west.

Coastal areas, however, are cloud-free. Several important cities can be seen as grey areas along the shoreline, including Athens (lower right quadrant) and Thessaloniki (upper right quadrant).

Greece on the Balkan Peninsula

37.9N 23.7E

June 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Greece - June 7th, 2010

Greece - June 7th, 2010

Greece has an area of 50,949 sq mi (131,957 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of around 11,285,000.

The capital is Athens. The land, with its 2,000-odd islands and extensive coastline, is intimately linked with the sea. About one-fifth of this mountainous country consists of lowland, much of this as coastal plains along the Aegean or as mountain valleys and small plains near river mouths. The interior is dominated by the Pindus (Modern Greek: Píndos) Mountains.

Wildfires in Greece Threaten Athens – August 24th, 2009

37.9N 23.7E

August 24th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fires north of Athens, Greece - August 22nd, 2009

Fires north of Athens, Greece - August 22nd, 2009

Fire on Zante (Zakynthos) - August 21st, 2009

Fire on Zante (Zakynthos) - August 21st, 2009

Fire west of Athens - August 24th, 2009

Fire west of Athens - August 24th, 2009

Blazes near Athens © BBC

Blazes near Athens

Mass evacuations were ordered in Greece across northern Athens suburbs on Sunday as scared residents watched the encroachment of a major fire that raged out of control for the past two days. The main image shows this blaze on August 22nd.

The fires quickly gained momentum due to gale-force winds, with the major front of the flames in the towns of Marathonas and Pendelis only 15 kilometres from the Greek capital’s downtown.

Today, a Greek government spokesman said the immediate danger had passed and a BBC correspondent said many of the fires had now been put out. In the image taken on August 24th, the blaze north of Athens appears to be under control, while a fire to the west is releasing a large plume of smoke.

More than 90 fires are thought to have started since Saturday, fuelled by high temperatures and winds,  and more than 37,000 acres of land have been burnt.

Blazes were also reported to be burning out of control on the Ionian island of Zante (Zakynthos), reports Deutsche Presse-Agentur, scorching nearly 2,000 acres of forest (see image taken August 22nd). Other fires were reported on the eastern Greek islands of Evia and Skyros.

Thousands of residents of the capital’s northern suburbs were forced to leave their homes as dozens of houses and large areas of forest were burnt. Earlier on Sunday, police ordered the 10,000 residents of Agios Stefanos to evacuate the area immediately. While no casualties have been reported, a regional Athens governor, Yiannis Sgouros, has called the fires an “ecological disaster”.

Water Currents Around Cyclades Island Group, Aegean Sea – August 22nd, 2009

37.0N 25.5E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Greece - July 27th, 2009

Greece - July 27th, 2009

Sun glint off the waters of the Aegean Sea highlights the movement of currents around the Greek islands. Mainland Turkey is visible to the right, and upon opening the full image, mainland Greece and the city of Athens are visible to the left.

Most of the islands seen here are part of the Cyclades island group, south-east of the mainland of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands around the sacred island of Delos.

The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands that are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini (Thera). The climate is generally dry and mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile.

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