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Euphrates River and Lake Assad, Syria

36.0N 38.1E

February 6th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Syria - February 2nd, 2012

Visible above the center of this image is Lake Assad, a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 by the Tabqa Dam. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) and a maximum surface area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi).

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Here, the Euphrates River is flanked by green, vegetated areas. In addition, the lake provides drinking water for the city of Aleppo and supports a fishing industry. The shores of Lake Assad have developed into important ecological zones.

Lake Tuz in Turkey and Lake Assad in Syria

35.9N 38.2E

July 6th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey, Cyprus, Syria - June 21st, 2011

This image of the eastern Mediterranean Sea includes parts of Turkey (above) and Syria (right), with the island nation of Cyprus visible near the left edge.

Several lakes can be observed, including the pinkish Lake Tuz (in Turkey, due north of Cyprus) and the blue Lake Assad (in Syria, northeast of Cyprus). The whitish-pink color of Lake Tuz is partially due to its hypersalinity, while the silvery glow on parts of Lake Assad’s surface is due to sun glint.

Fields by Euphrates River and Lake Assad, Syria

35.9N 38.2E

May 11th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Syria - May 3rd, 2011

Lake Assad is a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 km3 and a maximum surface area of 610 km2.

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. In the full image, fields can be seen on either side.

 

Irrigated Land Near Lake Assad, Syria

35.9N 38.2E

March 6th, 2011 Category: Mosaics, Rivers

Syria - February 11th, 2011

Lake Assad (dark blue, upper left quadrant) is a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 when the Tabqa Dam was closed.

Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) and a maximum surface area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi).

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Such lands appear greenish in this image (open full image for better detail) despite the surrounding arid terrain.

Lake Assad and Nearby Agriculture, Syria – June 2nd, 2009

35.9N 38.1E

June 2nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Syria - May 17th, 2009

Syria - May 17th, 2009

Buhayrat al Asad, or Lake Assad, is a large lake in Syria. It was created by the Tabaqah Dam on the Euphrates River, which was completed in 1973, upstream from the town of Ar Raqqah. The reservoir is about 80 kilometers long and averages eight kilometers in width.

There are agricultural areas to the East and West of the lake, irrigated by a series of canals. The tan line running through the fields on the right side of the image marks the border between Syria (below) and Turkey (above).

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