Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009
This view of the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea includes the island nation of Cyprus, as well as (counterclockwise along the shoreline from bottom left) Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Inland, Jordan and parts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also visible.
The dry, arid landscape occupying most of the image is interrputed by several lakes and rivers. Below, in Egypt, the Nile River Delta creates a wide, fan-shaped green area along the Mediterranean coast.
To the northeast, the Dead Sea can be seen in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right). The lower part of this inland sea appears greenish due to an extensive network of salt evaporation pans called the Dead Sea Dikes.
Continuing to the north, Lake Assad is visible in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River. North of Lake Assad is Lake Atatürk Dam, in Turkey.
Finally, also located in Turkey, at the top left, is Lake Tuz. In contrast with the other lakes seen in this image, Lake Tuz appears bright white. It is a salt lake, and the second largest lake in Turkey.