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Troodos and Kyrenia Mountains, Cyprus – January 18th, 2011

January 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Cyprus - December 27th, 2010

This image focuses on the Troodos Mountains, appearing as a large, dark green area stretching diagonally across the island of Cyprus. Troodos is the country’s biggest mountain range. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres.

A second ridge of mountains can be noted parallel to the northern shores: the Kyrenia Range. This long, narrow chain of mountains runs approximately 160 km (100 mi) along the north coast. Its highest mountain, Kyparissovouno (Greek) or Selvili Tepe (Turkish), is 1,024 m (3,360 ft) in elevation.

Troodos Mountains and Kyrenia Range on Cyprus

35.1N 33.2E

December 5th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Turkey and Cyprus - November 28th, 2010

This image focuses on the island of Cyprus, located in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Turkey. It is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean.

Two mountain ranges can be observed on the island: the Troodos Mountains and the Kyrenia Range. The former is larger, appearing as a thick green line on the western side of the island. The latter is smaller and situated parallel to the island’s northern shoreline. The tan stretch of land between the two ranges is the Mesaoria, Cyprus’ central plain.

Troodos Mountains and Limassol Salt Lake, Cyprus

34.6N 32.9E

May 9th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Cyprus - April 28th, 2010

Cyprus - April 28th, 2010

The physical relief of the island of Cyprus is dominated by two mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, and the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria. The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area, appearing dark green here.

Also of note, although better visible in the full image, is Limassol salt lake (also known as Akrotiri salt lake), the largest inland body of water in Cyprus. It is located on a peninsula on the southern coast of the island and appears bright green in color.

The lake lies due south-east of the sprawling city of Limassol and measures 10.65 km². Its lowest point is 2.7m below sea level and at its deepest point the water depth measures 1m. Geologists hypothesize the lake was formed over the gradual joining of an offshore islet off the southern coast of Cyprus.

The lake itself is considered to be one of the eastern Mediterranean’s most important wetlands. The fact that the water level over 50% of the lake is less than 30 cm deep attracts thousands of wading birds to use it as a stopover during the migration seasons. Birdlife International estimates that between 2,000 and 20,000 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) spend the winter months on the lake.

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