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Reservoirs in Turkey and Syria

37.5N 38.5E

August 25th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lakes in Syria and Turkey - July 26th, 2009

Lakes in Syria and Turkey - July 26th, 2009

Several artificial lakes created by dams along the Euphrates River can be seen in this image of parts of southern Turkey (above) and northern Syria (below). These are, from top to bottom, the Karakaya Reservoir, Lake Atatürk Dam and Lake Assad. Heavily populated areas appear as grey patches amidst the tan terrain, while agricultural areas irrigated by water from the lakes appear green.

Lake Atatürk Dam was created by the Atatürk Dam on the Euphrates River in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The dam was built to generate electricity and irrigate the plains in the region.

Lake Assad was created by the construction of the Tabaqah Dam on the Euphrates River, upstream from the town of Ar Raqqah. The reservoir is about 80 kilometers long and averaging eight kilometers in width.

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