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Aydar Lake and Kyzyl-Kum Desert, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – May 16th, 2011

40.7N 67.1E

May 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - May 2nd, 2011

The elongated lake in the lower half of this image of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is Aydar Lake. It is part of a man-made system of lakes, which covers an area of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 mi²) and includes 3 brackish water lakes: Lakes Aydar, Arnasay and Tuzkan.

Northwest of the lake is the Kyzyl-Kum Desert, whose territory consists mainly of an extensive plain at an altitude up to 300 m (about 1000 feet) above sea level, with a number of the depressions and highlands. Most of the area is covered with sand-dunes, which are best observed in the full image.

Green Sediments by the Kerch Strait, Ukraine and Russia – May 23rd, 2010

45.3N 36.6E

May 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, separating the Kerch Peninsula in the west from the Taman Peninsula in the east. The strait is 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) to 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) wide and up to 18 metres (59 ft) deep.

The most important harbor is the Crimean city of Kerch (Ukraine) which gives its name to the strait, formerly known as the Cimmerian Bosporus.

The Russian side of the strait contains the Taman Bay encircled by the Tuzla Spit to the south and Chushka Spit to the north. The most important settlement on the Russian side is Taman where an important cargo port is under construction.

Countries Surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean Sea – November 6th, 2009

34.9N 33.3E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009

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.

Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait – July 21st, 2009

41.0N 28.9E

July 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Turkey - July 15th, 2009

Turkey - July 15th, 2009

The city of Istanbul, Turkey, lines the Bosphorus Strait and the northern shores of the Sea of Marmara. Many ships can be seen moving through the strait and in the sea.

One large group is clustered off the coast of Istanbul west of the southern entrance to the strait, and another is further to the east near Tuzla, a headland on the coast at the eastern limit of Istanbul.

Also visible in the Sea of Marmara are the nine Princes’ Islands, located between the Bosphorus and Tuzla. Inland, the reservoir created by the Omerli Dam is visible east of the strait, and the large Lake Iznik touches the bottom edge of the orthorectified image. In between Lake Iznik and the Sea of Marmara above is the western part of the Koroglu Mountains.

The Shrinking Lake Tuz, Turkey – May 16th, 2009

38.7N 33.3E

May 16th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

Lake Tuz, located in central Anatolia and known as the second-largest lake of Turkey, may no longer deserve that title as it has shrunk by 85 percent over the last 90 years due to global warming, drought and the over usage of its water for irrigation purposes.

Studies of satellite images by Aksaray University’s Department of Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering have shown that Lake Tuz covered 216,400 hectares in 1915. Since then, it has shrunk at an alarming rate, decreasing to 92,600 hectares in 1987, and to 32,600 hectares in 2005.

Scientists say that drought, the over usage of water in the lake basin for irrigation and global warming have led to the loss of water in the lake. They are calling for urgent and radical measures to protect Lake Tuz, predicting that if the necessary measures are not taken, the lake will no longer exist by 2015.

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