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Turkey, from Lake Tuz to Adana, and Cyprus

37.0N 35.3E

July 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

White clouds dot the skies over Turkey, while those over the Mediterranean Sea are clear. Another whitish area, situated in the upper left quadrant, is Lake Tuz, a salt lake and the third largest lake in the country.

Moving southward to the sea, sediments can be seen lining part of the shoreline. East of those green sediments is the Gulf of İskenderun, the easternmost tip of the Mediterranean, on the southern coast of Turkey near its border with Syria. The gulf’s eastern coast forms part of the Turkish province of Hatay, while its northern coast forms part of the province of Adana.

Upon opening the full image, the city of Adana in the eponymous province can be observed northwest of the gulf, appearing as a greyish tan area surrounded by green land. The city is situated on the Seyhan River, 30 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean Sea, in south-central Anatolia. It is the administrative seat of the Adana Province and has a population of 1.55 million, making it the fifth most populous city in Turkey.

Finally, visible in the Mediterranean Sea in the lower left quadrant is Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean. Its two mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, can be observed here. Inbetween the two ranges is the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria.

Reservoirs Created by Seyhan and Çatalan Dams, Turkey

37.0N 35.3E

June 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

The Seyhan River runs through the city of Adana, Turkey, visible as a large tan area in the lower left quadrant, to the Mediterranean Sea.

Above the city, two large artificial lakes are visible: the Seyhan Reservoir (below) and the Çatalan Resevoir (above), created by dams of the same names.

The Seyhan Dam has been operational since 1956 and serves various objectives, including irrigation, hydropower and flood control.

The Çatalan Dam, on the other hand, is newer – it has been operational since 1996. It provides potable and drinking water supplies to the city of Adana, as well as hydropower and flood control.

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