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Mountain Ranges and Three Largest Cities of Cyprus – February 5th, 2012

34.9N 32.8E

February 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Cyprus - February 2nd, 2012

The largeĀ  mountain range crossing the center of Cyprus is the Troodos Range. The highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres; here, this peak appears capped with snow. Visible parallel to the northern coastline of Cyprus is another range of mountains, the Kyrenia Mountains. This a long, narrow chain of mountains runs approximately 160 km (100 mi) along the north coast of Cyprus. Though only half the height of the Troodos Mountains, the Kyrenia Mountains are rugged and rise abruptly from the Mesaoria plain.

Cyprus’ three largest cities, Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca, can be observed as grey areas admist the green landscape. Nicosia is the capital and largest city in Cyprus. It is located near the center of the island, on the banks of the Pedieos River. Limassol, visible by the shoreline south of the Troodos Mountains, is the second-largest city in Cyprus. The city is located on Akrotiri Bay, on the island’s southern coast. Larnaca, the third largest city in the country, can be seen by the shoreline southeast of Nicosia and east of the Troodos Mountains.

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.

Water Current Vortex off Coast of Cyprus

34.8N 33.0E

May 15th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cyprus - May 13th, 2009

Cyprus - May 13th, 2009

Sun glint on the right side of the image makes it possible to observe a vortex swirling in the Mediterranean Sea, east of Cyprus. Water currents cannot usually be seen by the naked eye; however, the reflection of the sun off the surface may make them visible.

Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia, has a large central plain (here, tan in color) with mountains to north and south. There are also scattered but significant plains along southern coast.

South of the central plain lie the Troodos Mountains, appearing here as a wide swath of dark green. The island’s highest point, Mount Olympus, is located in this range, at 1,951 meters above sea level.

The central plains may appear brown here due to Cyprus’s perennial drought problem. After 10 years of drought, the country received substantial rainfall from 2001-04, but since that time rainfall has once again been well below average, making water rationing a necessity.

Cyprus’s water resource problems are due to the fact that it has no natural reservoir catchments, seasonal disparity in rainfall, sea water intrusion to island’s largest aquifer and increased salination in the north. Water pollution from sewage and industrial wastes is also a problem.

Greece – November 2nd, 2008

November 2nd, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Greece - October 20th, 2008

Greece - October 20th, 2008

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia and Africa. Greece has borders with Albania, Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the north, and Turkey to the east.

Close up of Athens and Southern Greece

Close up of Athens and Southern Greece

Athens, visible in the center of the close-up to the right, is the capital and largest city of Greece.

In the main image, we can see the Aegean Sea to the east and south of mainland Greece, and the Ionian Sea to the west (the “heel” of Italy is visible on the left). Both parts of the Eastern Mediterranean basin feature a vast number of islands.

Greece consists of a mountainous peninsula 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 (1400, 227 of which are inhabited), including Crete, Euboea, Lesbos, Chios, the Dodecanese and the Cycladic groups of the Aegean Sea as well as the Ionian Sea islands. The islands of the Aegean are peaks of underwater mountains that once constituted an extension of the mainland.

Greece has the tenth longest coastline in the world with 14,880 km (9,246 mi); its land boundary is 1,160 km (721 mi).

Four fifths of Greece consist of mountains or hills, making the country one of the most mountainous in Europe. Western Greece contains a number of lakes and wetlands and it is dominated by the Pindus mountain range. Pindus has a maximum elevation of 2,636 m (8,648 ft) and it is essentially a prolongation of the Dinaric Alps.

The range continues through the western Peloponnese, crosses the islands of Kythera and Antikythera and find its way into southwestern Aegean, in the island of Crete where it eventually ends.

Close-up of Mount Olympus and Thessaloniki

Close-up of Mount Olympus and Thessaloniki

Mount Olympus, a focal point of Greek culture throughout history is host to the Mytikas peak 2,917 m (9,570 ft), the highest in the country. In the image detail to the right we can see Mount Olympus near the center, as well as flatter lands around Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, to the North.

Northeastern Greece features yet another high-altitude mountain range, the Rhodope range, spreading across the periphery of East Macedonia and Thrace; this area is covered with vast, thick, ancient forests. The famous Dadia forest is in the prefecture of Evros, in the far northeast of the country.

Expansive plains are primarily located in the prefectures of Thessaly, Central Macedonia and Thrace. They constitute key economic regions as they are among the few arable places in the country.

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