Caspian Sea, from Northern Frozen Waters to Alborz Mountains – March 16th, 2009
Clouds rest over the deeper areas of the Caspian Sea, while leaving the shallower northern section and some smaller bays visible. The surrounding land of Kazakhstan (top) Turkmenistan (middle) and Iran (bottom) is mostly cloud-free as well.
The clouds seem contained to the south by Iran’s Alborz mountain range, which stretches from the borders of Armenia in the northwest to the southern end of the Caspian Sea, and ends in the east at the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The largest mountain in the Middle East, Mount Damavand, is located in the range.
Moving to the north, the uppermost part of the lake is partially frozen, a common occurence during the coldest months.
Below, only half of the Karabogas Bay, in Turkmenistan, is cloud-covered, while further south, the light blue bay near the city of Türkmenbaşy is completely visible.
To the east, Sarygamysh Lake, situated in north central Turkmenistan, appears dark blue.