Athens Greece
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Athens, Greece

January 20, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Athens, Greece, in 1984.

Athens is the capital of Greece and of the Attica region. A cosmopolitan modern city, Athens is also famous for being a powerful city-state and a very important center of learning in ancient times. It is named after its patron goddess, Athena.

Greece entered into the European Union in 1981 and this brought new investment, along with problems of congestion and air pollution. Throughout the 1990s a series of measures were taken successfully to combat pollution. In preparation for the 2004 Olympic games the city refreshed its image with the introduction of state-of-the-art transport means, a new airport, pedestrianized areas, new museums and public squares.

Athens extends across the central plain of Attica. The land is rocky and of marginal fertility. The ancient site of the city is centered on the rocky hill of the Acropolis. The city port of Pireas (ancient name Piraeus ) was separated from the city in ancient time but has now been absorbed into greater Athens.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 03-Jul-1984
  • Center coordinates: lat. 37.97, lon. 23.71

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