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Seven Groups of Aegean Islands, Greece and Turkey

39.0N 25.4E

May 21st, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Russia - May 18th, 2011

Thousands of islands dot the waters of the Aegean Sea. Most belong to Greece (partially visible to the west), although some belong to Turkey (to the east).

These islands are known as the Aegean Islands, and are traditionally subdivided into seven groups, from north to south: Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Euboea, Argo-Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese (Southern Sporades), and Crete.

Islands of the Aegean Sea – July 15th, 2009

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July 15th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Aegean Sea and Islands - June 29th, 2009

Aegean Sea and Islands - June 29th, 2009

The Aegean Sea is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea located between the southern Balkan and Anatolian peninsulas, i.e., between the mainlands of Greece (left) and Turkey (right) respectively. In the north, it is connected to the Marmara Sea and Black Sea by the Dardanelles and Bosphorus Strait.

The Aegean Islands are within the sea and some bound it on its southern periphery, including Crete (bottom center) and Rhodes (largest island in lower right quadrant).

Almost all of the Aegean Islands belong to Greece, being split among nine administrative peripheries. Turkish possessions include Imbros (Gökçeada), Tenedos (Bozcaada), and eight more islets off Turkey’s western coast.

The Greek Aegean Islands are traditionally subdivided into seven groups, from north to south: Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Euboea, Argo-Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese (Southern Sporades) and Crete.

Greece and the Cyclades Island Group

April 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Greece - April 10th, 2009

Greece - April 10th, 2009

Close-up of islands

Close-up of islands

The country of Greece consists of a large mainland area, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula, as well as numerous islands in the Aegean Sea (east and south of the mainland) and the Ionian Sea (west). Of this vast number of islands, 1,400, 227 are inhabted.

The close-up focuses on the Cyclades, a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, south-east of the mainland of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago.

The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Ándros, Antiparos, Delos, Eschati, Ios, Kéa, Kimolos, Kythnos, Mílos, Mykonos, Náxos, Páros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Síros, Tínos, and Santorini. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.

The islands 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: agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco. Cooler temperatures are in higher elevations and mainly do not receive wintry weather.