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Lake Tuz and Other Bodies of Water in Central Turkey

38.7N 33.3E

December 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Turkey - November 28th, 2010

Several lakes can be observed in this image of Turkey, stretching from the Black Sea (top) southwards across the center of the country.

Appearing as a rounded white area near the image center is Lake Tuz, the third largest lake in Turkey. The lake is shallow and extremely saline. During the summer, most of the water in the lake dries up and exposes an average of 30 cm thick salt layer. During winter part of the salt is re-dissolved in the fresh water that is introduced to the lake by precipitation and surface runoff.

Several other lakes can be observed nearby: the reservoir created by the Hirfanlı Dam, just north of Lake Tuz, and Lakes Beyşehir and Eğirdir, to the southwest. The former is dark blue in color while the latter two are green from sediments.

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