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Reservoirs Created by Dams Along Euphrates River, Turkey

37.5N 38.5E

May 20th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Turkey - May 17th, 2009

Turkey - May 17th, 2009

Three reservoirs created by dams on the Euphrates River are visible here in the southeastern Anatolia region of  Turkey. From top to bottom, they are the lakes of the  Keban Dam, Karakaya Dam and Atatürk Dam.

Lake Atatürk Dam extends over an area of 817 km2 (315 sq mi), with a water volume of 48.7 km³ (63,400 million cu yd), and ranks third in size in Turkey after Lake Van and Lake Tuz.

The reservoir water level touched 535 m amsl in 1994. Since then, it has varied between 526 and 537 m amsl. The full reservoir level is 542 m (1,780 ft) and the minimum operation level is 526 m (1,730 ft) amsl.

Between the Keban and Karakaya Reservoirs, slightly east, is a natural lake, Lake Hazar. It is located in the Taurus Mountains, southeast of Elazig, and is notable as the source of the Tigris.

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