Largest Lakes of Turkey, Iraq and Iran – September 15th, 200933.9N 43.2E
Each of the three large lakes in this image, which stretches from Iraq’s alluvial plain, below, to parts of Turkey and Iran, above, is the biggest of its respective country.
In Iraq, the dark blue waters of Lake Tharthar, or Buhayrat ath Tharthar, stand out between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. It is the largest lake in Iraq, although its size shrinks and expands dramatically with the seasons. The construction of several dams has made it an important source for irrigation.
Lake Van (top left), in Turkey’s Van District, has an area of 3,755 km2 (1,450 sq mi) and a volume of 607 cubic kilometres (146 cu mi).
Finally, Lake Urmia (top center), in northwestern Iran, has a surface area of approximately 5,200 km² (2,000 miles²).