Gyali

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Gyali
Native name:
Γυαλί
Yiali.jpg
Pumice mining on Gyali
Gyali is located in Greece
Gyali
Gyali
Geography
Coordinates36°39′43″N 27°06′54″E / 36.662°N 27.115°E / 36.662; 27.115Coordinates: 36°39′43″N 27°06′54″E / 36.662°N 27.115°E / 36.662; 27.115
ArchipelagoDodecanese
Highest elevation180 m (590 ft)
Highest pointVolcano
Administration
Greece
RegionSouth Aegean
Regional unitKos
Capital cityChora
Demographics
Population10 (2001)
Postal code853 03
Area code(s)22420
Vehicle registrationΚΧ, ΡΟ, ΡΚ

Gyali (Greek: Γυαλί "glass", also spelled Giali or Yali, pronounced [ʝaˈli]) is a volcanic Greek island in the Dodecanese, located halfway between the south coast of Kos (Kardamaina) and Nisyros. It consists of rhyolitic obsidian lava domes and pumice deposits (which are mined in huge quantities).[1] The island has two distinct segments, with the northeastern part almost entirely made of obsidian and the southwestern part of pumice. These are connected by a narrow isthmus and beach made of modern reef sediments. Anciently, the island was known as Istros (Ancient Greek: Ἴστρος).[2]

Geography[edit]

From right top counterclockwise: Stroggyli, Gyali, Pergoússa, Paheià and Nisyros.

The island is 6 km (4 mi) long and between 4 km (2 mi) and 500 m (1,640 ft) across. It has a 180 m (591 ft) cave. Parts of the island undergoing pumice strip mining are barren of vegetation. The 2001 census reported a resident population of 10 people. Administratively, it is part of the municipality of Nisyros. Its also popular for Perli, a thermo powder added in construction.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yali". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  2. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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