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Lake Tharthar, Iraq and the Al-Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia – November 2nd, 2010

32.2N 41.9E

November 2nd, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq - October 21st, 2010

The green areas in the upper part of this image are situated around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the valley between them. Also located between the two rivers is Lake Tharthar, the largest lake in Iraq.

The golden sands stretching across the lower part of the image are part of the Al-Nefud desert in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Occupying a great oval depression, the desert is 180 miles (290 km) long and 140 miles (225 km) wide, with an area of 40,000 square miles (103,600 km²). The Nafud is an erg, noted for its sudden violent winds, which account for the large crescent-shaped dunes.

Lakes and Borders of Iraq – February 5th, 2013

32.7N 43.6E

February 5th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Iraq – January 27th, 2013

Although a large portion of the Middle East is cloud covered, the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature allows the borders between Iraq (center), Iran (right) and Kuwait (bottom left) to be clearly visible. This features also allows three lakes’ locations in Iraq to be observed despite the clouds: Lake Tharthar, Lake Habbaniyah and Lake Milh (top to bottom).

Dust Over Tigris and Euphrates Valley, Iraq – January 18th, 2013

33.3N 44.4E

January 18th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Iraq – January 11th, 2013

Dust blows down the valley around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in Iraq, and towards the Persian Gulf. Some dust spreads over the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, formed by the convergence of the aforementioned riers, and over the gulf. The bulk of the dust does not appear to be engulfing Baghdad, which is visible as a grey area southeast of the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar near the left edge, although it can be seen just north of the city.

Dust Over Iraq and Colors of Lakes Van and Urmia – June 4th, 2012

37.1N 44.4E

June 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq, Iran, Turkey - June 1st, 2012

This image focuses on two large bodies of water: Lake Van, in Turkey (upper left) and Lake Urmia, in Iran (right). Lake Van usually appears dark blue due to its depth, with some green from sediments and algal growth in its shallower sections. Lake Urmia, however, changes color frequently (click here for more images) as it is relatively shallow and subject to more fluctuations in salt/mineral content and algal growth.

A third large lake can be seen upon opening the full image: the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar, in Iraq. Dust can be seen blowing near the lake, over the valley through which the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow.

Dense Cloud of Dust Over Persian Gulf – March 23rd, 2012

30.1N 46.5E

March 23rd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 18th, 2012

A thick cloud of dust blows over Iraq, Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia. The dust obscures much of the Persian Gulf (right), virtually all of the valley by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and impedes the view of Lake Tharthar (left). This dust storm has been moving huge amounts of sand and dust particles about the Middle East and Asia over the last week (click here for previous images).