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Lakes of the Göller Bölgesi, the Turkish Lakes Region

38.0N 30.8E

September 8th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Turkey - July 28th, 2009

Turkey - July 28th, 2009

Lakes of varying sizes can be seen across this part of southern Turkey, near the Mediterranean Sea, known as the Göller Bölgesi or Lakes Region.

The large, greenish lake near the center is Lake Beyşehir, with a surface area of 650 km². This freshwater lake is used for irrigation, which has been causing reductions in its water level and thus threatening the fish and plankton inhabiting it.

The other large freshwater lake west of Beyşehir is Lake Eğirdir, with an area of 482 km². Southwest of Eğirdir is the dark blue Lake Burdur, whose surface area is 250 km² .

Unlike its two larger neighbors, its waters are saline. Water level in the lake fluctuates; its maximum depth has been variously reported at between 50 and 110 m. Lake Burdur is also an important wetland site for many bird species and is designated a Ramsar site.

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