Encyclopedia > Cyclades

  Article Content

Cyclades

The Cyclades , from the Greek Kikládhes [Gr.,=circular] is the name of an island group south-east of the mainland of Greece. It is a part of the vast number of islands which constitute the Greek archipelago in the Aegean Sea. The name was originally used to indicate those islands that formed a rough circle around Delos.

The Cyclades are comprised of around 220 islands, with the major ones being Amorgos[?], Anafi[?], Ándros, Antiparos[?], Delos, Ios, Kéa, Kimolos[?], Kithnos[?], Mílos, Mykonos[?], Náxos, Páros, Pholegandros, Serifos[?], Sifnos[?], Sikinos[?], Síros[?], Tínos[?] and Santorini (Thira). Ermoupolis[?], on Síros, is the chief town and administrative center of the group.

The terrain of the islands is largely mountainous, and the climate is generally dry and mild. Agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco.

In recent decades the Cyclade islands have become extremely popular with European and other tourists, and as a result there have been problems with erosion, pollution, and water shortages.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
David McReynolds

... (WRL), which he would remain a member until his retirement in 1999 (he remains active within the nonviolence movement and regularly participates in WRL activities). ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 34.8 ms