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with one of the lot of the mineral resources of the Melian earth.

The island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite of Milos(the "Venus de Milo", now in the Louvre), and also for statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum),the Poseidon and an archaic Apollo in Athens.
The Municipality of Milos also includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Akradies. The combined land area is 160.147 km² and the 2001 census population was 4,771 inhabitants.

Natural resources

Bentonite, perlite, pozzolana and small quantities of kaolin are actively collected via strip mine or open-pit mine techniques in Milos and sold all over the world. In the past, baryte, sulfur, millstones and gypsum were also mined in fact, Pliny notes that Milos was the most abundant source of sulfur in the ancient world.
In ancient times the alum of Milos was reckoned next to that of Egypt (Pliny xxxv. 15). The Melian earth was employed as a pigment by ancient artists. Milos was a source of obsidian during the Neolithic ages for the Aegean and Mediterranean.
Orange, olive, cypress, tamarisk, juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus) and arbutus trees grow throughout the island, which, however, is too dry to have any profusion of vegetation. Vines, cotton and barley are the main crops.

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