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Lakes and Reservoirs in Turkey and Syria

35.9N 38.2E

July 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Several artificial reservoirs and natural lakes can be observed in this image of Turkey (above) and northern Syria (below). The largest visible is Lake Van (right), the biggest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in Van district. It is a saline and soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains.

Moving westward, several reservoirs created by dams can be seen in a zig-zag formation. The furthest south is Lake Assad, in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River. North of Lake Assad is Lake Atatürk Dam, in Turkey.

The landscape becomes progressively drier as one moves from the northeast to the southwest, although areas of irrigated agriculture can be seen near the reservoirs and rivers even in the arid parts of Syria.

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