Syria and the Euphrates River – April 30th, 2009
Syria is an Arab country in Southwest Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel to the southwest, Jordan to the south, Iraq to the east, and Turkey to the north. While the images focuses on Syria, parts of its bordering neighbor states can all be seen.
Syria consists mostly of arid plateau, although the northwest part of the country bordering the Mediterranean is fairly green. The Northeast of the country “Al Jazira” and the South “Hawran” are important agricultural areas.
The Euphrates, Syria’s most important river, crosses the country in the east. Here, it can be observed crossing the upper portion of the image.
The capital city of Syria, Damascus, is located in the southwest part of the country; here, covered by clouds. Damascus is widely regarded as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
The climate in Syria is dry and hot, and winters are mild. Because of the country’s elevation, snowfall does occasionally occur during winter.