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Borders Feature Revealing Lakes Near Turkey

40.3N 45.3E

February 10th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Iran, Turkey, Armenia – January 27th, 2013

This cloud-covered image highlights the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which overlays countries’ boundaries on satellite images. Here, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Azerbaijan can be observed counterclockwise from the bottom right, with Armenia in the center. While Lake Van, in Turkey, is partially visible through the clouds, the borders feature shows the location of other lakes that would be hidden: Lake Urmia (bottom), in Iran, Lake Sevan (center), in Armenia, and the Mingachevir Reservoir (upper right), in Azerbaijan.

Dust Over Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Caspian Sea

40.3N 45.3E

June 3rd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes

Caspian Sea - May 31st, 2012

A plume of dust blows over the Caspian Sea and curves around the Georgia-Azerbaijan-Armenia border. Hovering over the sea and the border area between those countries, the dust veils part of the Caspian Sea but does not cover other large lakes such as the Mingacevir Reservoir, in Azerbaijan, and Lake Sevan, in Armenia. Visible to the north of the dust plume are sediments from the Volga River.

Lakes and Mountains Between Black and Caspian Seas

42.9N 44.2E

March 23rd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Black and Caspian Seas - March 20th, 2012

Two huge bodies of water: the Black Sea (left) and the Caspian Sea (right) can be observed by the edge of this image. Stretching between the two are the Caucasus Mountains.

Also visible between the seas, in the lower part of the image, are the dark blue Lake Van, in Turkey (below, center), the bright green Lake Urmia, in Iran (right of the former), and Lake Sevan, in Armenia (center). Lakes Van and Sevan are surrounded by snow, while Lake Urmia is ringed by white salt flats.

Lakes Urmia and Sevan, Iran and Armenia – March 10th, 2012

40.3N 45.3E

March 10th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Caspian Sea - March 7th, 2012

The bright green lake in the lower part of this image is Lake Urmia, in Iran. The edges of the lake appear white as they are framed by salt flats. The southern part of the lake is shallower and thus appears lighter in color and shows more salt flats.

In the upper part of the image, on the contrary, is Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. The lake appears dark blue in color, as it is significantly deeper than its southern neighbor. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, inside the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900m above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2, the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 bln cubic meters.

The South Caucasus Region by the Caspian Sea

September 23rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Georgia - September 9th, 2011

The Caucasus is a geopolitical region at the border of Europe and Asia. It is home to the Caucasus Mountains, including Europe’s highest mountain (Mount Elbrus). This image focuses on the South Caucasus, a geopolitical region located on the border of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia, also referred to as Transcaucasia, or The Trans-Caucasus.

More specifically, the South Caucasus area spans the southern portion of the Caucasus Mountains and its lowlands, straddles the border between the two continents of Europe and Asia, extends from the southern part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range of southwestern Russia southerly to the Turkish and Armenian borders, and from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea coast of Iran.

The area includes the southern part of the Greater Caucasus Mountain range, the entire Lesser Caucasus Mountain range, the Colchis Lowlands and Kura-Aras Lowlands, the Talysh Mountains, the Lenkoran Lowlands, Javakheti and the Armenian highlands. The Transcaucasus, or South Caucasus area, is a part of the entire Caucasus geographical region that essentially divides the Eurasian transcontinent into two.

All of Armenia is in Southern Caucasus; the majority of Georgia and Azerbaijan, including the exclave of Naxçivan, fall within this area.

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