The Aegean and Mediterranean Seas • Earth.com

Last update: October 1st, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

This image was captured on July 6, 2017 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on board NASA’s Terra satellite.

The Aegean Sea separates Greece and Turkey and connects to the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It spans roughly 83,000 square miles in total area, measuring 380 miles north to south and 190 miles east to west.

The Aegean Islands can be divided into several island groups, including Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Saronic islands and the North Aegean Islands, as well as Crete and its surrounding islands. The Dodecanese, located to the southeast, includes the islands of Rhodes, Kos, and Patmos; the islands of Delos and Naxos are within the Cyclades to the south of the sea. Lesbos is part of the North Aegean Islands. Euboea, the second largest island in Greece, is located in the Aegean, despite being administered as part of Central Greece. Nine out of twelve of the Administrative regions of Greece border the sea, along with the Turkish provinces of Edirne, Canakkale, Balıkesir, Izmir, Aydın and Muğla to the east of the sea. Various Turkish islands in the sea are Imbros, Tenedos, Cunda Island, and the Foça Islands.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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