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Saline Lake Tuz and Freshwater Lake Beyşehir, Turkey

38.7N 33.3E

October 6th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - October 2nd, 2011

The large, rounded white area near the top edge of this image is Lake Tuz, the third largest lake in Turkey. The white color is due to its shallow waters and high salt content – it is one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. The lake is located in the Central Anatolia Region, occupying a tectonic depression in the central plateau of Turkey.

The blue-green lake to the southwest is Lake Beyşehir, a large freshwater lake in Isparta and Konya provinces. It has an area of 650.00 km² and is 45 km long and 20 km wide. Water level in the lake often fluctuates by year and by season, and it is used for irrigation.

Visible to the east of the lakes is the Gulf of Iskenderun, a large bay in the Mediterranean Sea. South of the lakes, in the Mediterranean, lies the island-nation of Cyprus.

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