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White Coloring of Salty Lake Tuz in Turkey

38.7N 33.3E

July 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Turkey - July 12th, 2011

Several lakes can be observed in Turkey in this image of the northeastern Mediterranean, including the island-nation of Cyprus (lower right quadrant).

The large, white body of water is the salty Lake Tuz, the third largest lake in Turkey. It occupies a tectonic depression in the central plateau of the country. During the summer the lake dries up exposing an average of 30 cm thick salt layer in August, hence the bright white color visible in this image acquired in late July.

Southwest of Lake Tuz are two bright turquoise bodies of water: Lake Eğirdir (left) and Lake Beyşehir (right). Both lie in the Turkish Lakes Region. The former has an area of 482 km², and the latter an area of 650 km².

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