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Karabogas and Gorgan Bays of the Caspian Sea

39.4N 52.4E

September 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Caspian Sea - August 29th, 2010

Karabogas Bay, filling a depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan and thus forming a bay on the Caspian Sea, appears greyish blue, in contrast to its blackish blue neighbor. The color difference is due in part to the shallowness of the bay.

South of the bay, the eastern shoreline of the sea is lined by greenish sediments. In the full image, a greenish bay can be seen in the sea’s southeastern corner. This body of water, known as Gorgan Bay, is separated from the rest of the sea by the Miyānkāle peninsula.

The Miyānkāle Peninsula is narrow but long and located in Mazandaran Province in the north of Iran. The combined area of the peninsula and bay, was designated a Ramsar wetland site in 1975.

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