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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.

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.

Mountain Ranges of Cyprus

January 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cyprus - December 2nd, 2008

Cyprus - December 2nd, 2008

Cyprus, an island country situated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey, is the third largest island in the Mediterranean.

A United Nations administered buffer zone runs through the center of the island, dividing it into a northern zone administered by Turkish Cypriots and a southern zone administered by Greek Cypriots.

The green Troodos Mountains are easily recognizable. It is the biggest mountain range in Cyprus, stretching across most of the western side of the island.

Another thinner range, the Kyrenia Mountain Range, is visible to the North. It is a long, narrow chain of mountains that runs approximately 160 km (100 mi) along the north coast. The mountains are primarily limestone, with some marble. The western half of the range is also known as the Pentadactylos (“five fingers”) mountains.

The area between this two mountain ranges is drier and flatter.