January 19, 2006
This MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image, acquired over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, includes Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. The contrast between the lush vegetation of the Nile delta and river course and the dry sand of the Sahara is quite spectacular in this enhanced true color image. The grey area to the bottom of the "triangle" of the delta is Egypt 's Capital, Cairo (can be seen partially covered in cloud). North of the image, the city of Istanbul (Turkish mainland) can be seen partially covered in cloud, with the Bosporus separating the Black Sea from the Sea of Marmara and then the Aegean. On the west coast is the city of Izmir, and on the south is Antalya and Cyprus Island. On the right border of the image, one can see the mountainous land of Greece. The gulfs of Corinth and Saroniks are visible as well, separated by the Isthmus of Corinth (border right center of the image), that divides the Peloponnese from central and Northern Greece . In the Saroniks Gulf the natural harbor of Pires can be identified. Pires is the port of the city of Athens (bright brown area). Towards the southeast of the capital are the Aegean Islands .
- Satellite: Envisat
- Instrument: MERIS
- Acquisition: 21-Jul-2004
- Orbit nr: 12500
- Center coordinates: lat. 36.28, lon. 27.72
Topics: Geography, Nature, Europe, Greece, Mati, Bosphorus, Corinthia, Corinth, Antalya, MERIS, Envisat, Turkey, Mediterranean Sea