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Clouds Over Caspian Sea

40.5N 51.3E

April 8th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Mountains

Caspian Sea - April 6th, 2012

Clouds hang over the Caspian Sea, but not spreading over the land by the shoreline. Through spaces in the cloud cover, sediments can be observed in the southern part of the sea, near the Alborz Mountains, in Iran, and along the coast of the Absheron Peninsula, in Azerbaijan, stretching into the sea from the west coast. Also uncovered by clouds is Karabogas Bay, in Turkmenistan, the lighter blue, shallow bay on the east coast.

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.

Smoke Over Caspian Sea from Fires in Azerbaijan

39.7N 48.8E

January 3rd, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes

Caspian Sea - December 27th, 2010

Smoke from fires in Azbaijan spreads eastward over the southern Caspian Sea. Once the smoke reaches the sea it spreads northeast and southeast, however, the Alborz Mountains along the southern and southwestern coast prevent it from spreading further into Iran.

According to the Emergency Minister of Azerbaijan, the country’s fire service has extinguished 25,435 natural and man-caused fires since the creation of the ministry five years ago.

Smoke over Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea

November 17th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes

Smoke over Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea - November 9th, 2010

Smoke hangs in the skies over Azerbaijan and the southern Caspian Sea. The Alborz mountain range forms a barrier between the south Caspian and the Qazvin-Tehran plateau, preventing the smoke from spilling into neighboring Iran.

Two lakes are visible in the smoke-free part of the image: Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey, and Lake Van, in Turkey, to the west. The former is greenish brown in color and ringed with white salt flats, while the latter is dark blue.

Greater Caucasus Mountains and Mingechevir Reservoir in Azerbaijan – July 16th, 2010

40.7N 47.0E

July 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Azerbaijan - July 5th, 2010

Azerbaijan - July 5th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows part of Azerbaijan, from the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range to the north to the extensive flatlands at the country’s center. Approximately 40% of the country is covered by mountains.

South of the mountains, extending southeastward from the left edge, is the Mingechevir reservoir and hydroelectric power station. The length of the reservoir is 70 km, width from 3 to 18 km, deepest point about 75 meters and total area 605 km².

The city of Mingechevir is visible on the southern coast of the lake. It is split in two by the Kur River, a long, meandering stretch of which is visible in the lower part of the full image. The river has a length of 1,515 km.

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