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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.

Lake Plastiras and Agrafa Mountains, Greece

39.2N 21.7E

March 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Greece - February 19th, 2010

Greece - February 19th, 2010

Much of the land visible in this orthorectified image is part of Karditsa Prefecture, Greece. Located in south-western Thessaly, it is primarily an agricultural prefecture. The western half of the prefecture is dominated by the Pindus mountains, famous for the Agrafa region of Greece.

The farmlands dominate the central and the eastern part which is part of the Thessalian Plain while the Agrafa Range dominates the southern and the western part. The Plastiras Dam and Lake Plastiras, located to the west of the city of Karditsa, supply water to the plains and the central part of Greece.

The Plastiras Dam was constructed during the period 1958–1962, in Greece, when Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras was in power. It is on the Tavropos or (Megdovas) River. Lake Plastiras also acts as a water supply reservoir for the Agrafa region and is a significant irrigation source for farmers in the plains of Thessaly.