Euphrates River and Lake Assad, Syria36.0N 38.1E
Visible above the center of this image is Lake Assad, a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 by the Tabqa Dam. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) and a maximum surface area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi).
A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Here, the Euphrates River is flanked by green, vegetated areas. In addition, the lake provides drinking water for the city of Aleppo and supports a fishing industry. The shores of Lake Assad have developed into important ecological zones.