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Troodos Mountains and Kyrenia Range, Cyprus

34.9N 32.8E

May 10th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Cyprus - May 8th, 2012

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It measures 240 kilometres (149 mi) long from end to end and 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide at its widest point, with Turkey 75 kilometres (47 mi) to the north.

Here, Cyprus’s two main mountain ranges stand out as green areas against the drier, tan terrain of the rest of the island. The ranges are the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range (parallel to the northern coastline) 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.

Cyprus has a subtropical climate – Mediterranean and Semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of island), with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos Mountains in the central part of island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.

Major Mountain Ranges and Cities of Cyprus – February 14th, 2012

35.1N 33.3E

February 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Cyprus - January 2nd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the major mountain ranges and cities of the island nation of Cyprus. The large, wide mountain range crossing the center of the island is the Troodos Range, whose highest peak, Mount Olympus, reaches 1,952 metres. Parallel to the northern shoreline is a narrow chain of mountains that reach only about half the height of the former: the Kyrenia Mountains.

Visible as large white areas are Cyprus’ three largest cities: Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca. Nicosia, the capital and largest city in the country, can be observed near the center of the island. Limassol, the second-largest city in Cyprus, is visible by the shoreline, south of the Troodos Mountains. Finally, Larnaca, the third largest city, can be seen by the shoreline southeast of Nicosia and east of the Troodos Mountains.

Mountain Ranges of Southern Turkey and Cyprus

36.1N 33.4E

December 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Turkey - November 25th, 2011

The Taurus Mountains can be seen running through the center of this image, dividing the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau. The system extends along a curve from Lake Eğirdir in the west to the upper reaches of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in the east. It has many peaks rising above 3,000–3,700 m, (10,000–12,000 ft).

Two other mountain ranges can also be observed on the island nation of Cyprus, to the south: Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range. They encompass a central plain, the Mesaoria.  The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area. The highest point on Cyprus is Mount Olympus at 1,952 m (6,404 ft), located in the centre of the Troodos range. The narrow Kyrenia Range, extending along the northern coastline, occupies substantially less area, and elevations are lower, reaching a maximum of 1,024 m (3,360 ft).

Green Mountains of Cyprus

35.0N 32.7E

September 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains

Cyprus - August 16th, 2011

Visible in the Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon is the island-nation of Cyprus. The islands two main mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, stand out as dark green areas in comparison with the tan coloring of 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. The narrow Kyrenia Range, extending along the northern coastline, occupies substantially less area, and elevations are lower.

Further east, clouds line the fingerlike Karpass Peninsula. Its farthest extent is Cape Apostolos Andreas, and its major population centre is the town of Rizokarpaso.

Main Mountain Ranges of Cyprus

35.0N 33.0E

February 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Turkey - February 11th, 2011

The island of Cyprus sits in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey and west of Syria. At their closest, Turkey is 75 km to the north and Syria is 105 km to the east.

Two large mountain ranges can be observed on the island: the Troodos Mountains and the Kyrenia Range. The former is wider and appears as a large, dark green area reaching diagonally across the west side of the island. The former is narrower and runs parallel to the northern shores of the island.

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