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Sand Blowing Southeast of Lake Tharthar, Iraq

33.3N 44.3E

July 4th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes

Iraq - June 21st, 2011

The large, teardrop-shaped body of water between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers towards the center of this image of Iraq is Lake Tharthar.

Situated 120 kilometers north of Baghdad, it is the largest lake in Iraq. The construction of several dams has made it an important source for irrigation. Its size shrinks and expands dramatically with the seasons.

Southeast of the lake, some sand can be seen blowing in the air over the Shatt al’Arab, the river formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates.

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