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Lakes Urmia and Sevan, Iran and Armenia – March 10th, 2012

40.3N 45.3E

March 10th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

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The bright green lake in the lower part of this image is Lake Urmia, in Iran. The edges of the lake appear white as they are framed by salt flats. The southern part of the lake is shallower and thus appears lighter in color and shows more salt flats.

In the upper part of the image, on the contrary, is Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. The lake appears dark blue in color, as it is significantly deeper than its southern neighbor. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, inside the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900m above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2, the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 bln cubic meters.

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