Crete, Greece and the Mediterranean Sea • Earth.com

Last update: June 2nd, 2020 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the island of Crete, Greece and the Mediterranean Sea.

The island of Crete measures roughly 161 miles in length and 37 miles at its widest point. It is the largest and most populated of all the Greek islands.

ThisCrete (Greek: Κρήτη, Kríti [‘kriti]; Ancient Greek: Κρήτη, Krḗtē) is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean sea. Crete lies approximately 160 km (99 mi) south of the Greek mainland. It has an area of 8,336 km2 (3,219 sq mi) and a coastline of 1,046 km (650 mi).

Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete (Greek: Περιφέρεια Κρήτης), the southernmost of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece; the region is the fifth most populous region of Greece. Its capital and largest city is Heraklion, located on the northern shore of the island. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065. The Dodecanese are located to the northeast of Crete, while the Cyclades are situated to the north, separated by the Sea of Crete. The Peloponnese is to the region’s northwest. image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

 

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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