Lakes Eğirdir and Beyşehir, North of Antalya in Turkey – December 8th, 200936.8N 30.7E
Lakes Eğirdir (left) and Beyşehir (right), in the Göller Bölgesi (Lakes Region) of Turkey appear bright green in contrast with the darker colors of the surrounding Western Taurus Mountains.
Lake Beyşehir has a surface area of 650 km², making it the third largest lake in Turkey and the largest freshwater lake in the country. It is used for irrigation and its water level tends to fluctuate.
Lake Eğirdir is slightly smaller in terms of surface area, at482 km2. This makes it the fourth largest lake in Turkey and the country’s second largest freshwater lake.
South of the lakes, along the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, is the city of Antalya, the capital of Antalya Province. Situated on coastal cliffs, Antalya is surrounded by mountains.
The Taurus mountain range of southern Anatolia runs parallel to the Mediterranean in an east-west direction, resulting in the formation of narrow coastal plains surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on the fourth. Some parts of the coast feature mountains plunging sharply into the sea, forming small natural bays and peninsulas.
Antalya is situated on one such plain where the mountains recede from the shore, consisting of two flat areas formed of travertine rock at a mean height of 35 metres (115 ft); the town center is located on the rocky plain closest the coast, with urban sprawl extending to the Kepezüstü Plain further inland.