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Euphrates River and Lake Assad, Syria

36.0N 38.1E

February 6th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Syria - February 2nd, 2012

Visible above the center of this image is Lake Assad, a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 by the Tabqa Dam. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) and a maximum surface area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi).

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Here, the Euphrates River is flanked by green, vegetated areas. In addition, the lake provides drinking water for the city of Aleppo and supports a fishing industry. The shores of Lake Assad have developed into important ecological zones.

Dust Blowing Over Iraq to Persian Gulf

29.9N 48.3E

December 15th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Dust over Iraq - December 11th, 2011

This image offers another view of the dust storm hanging over the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in Iraq (click here for first post). The dust can be seen blowing southeastward, over the northern end of the Persian Gulf.

Sediments are visible in the upper part of the gulf, through the veil of dust. These come from the Shatt al’Arab, the river created by the confluence of the Tigris and the Euphrates.

Dust Storm Over Tigris and Euphrates River Valley, Iraq – December 13th, 2011

30.6N 46.8E

December 13th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Iraq - December 11th, 2011

A cloud of dust appears to be blowing southeastward across Iraq and to the Persian Gulf. The dust hangs in the air over the valley between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, obscuring the fertile land below.

Iraq is quite prone to dust storms as it contains many dust source regions, including dried lake beds or wetlands and the deserts in and around the country which contain large amounts of dust. When the winds become strong, particularly above 15 knots (17.3 miles per hour), they begin to pick up the dust. If that wind speed sustains itself for a considerable amount of time, a dust storm is born.

Lake Tharthar Between Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Iraq

34.0N 43.1E

November 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Saudi Arabia and Iraq - November 22nd, 2011

The teardrop-shaped body of water by the top center of this image is Lake Tharthar, in Iraq. The lake is situated 120 kilometers north of Baghdad between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. It is the largest lake in the country.

While the land southeast of the lake, approaching the Persian Gulf, appears flat and fertile, the terrain to the north is mountainous and the land to the south is arid desert. The border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is located near the change in color from tan to orange sand.

Sediments from Shatt al-Arab Entering Persian Gulf

30.9N 47.4E

November 9th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Iraq - November 8th, 2011

The Shatt al-Arab is a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in the town of al-Qurnah in the Basra Governate of southern Iraq.

The southern end of the river constitutes the border between Iraq and Iran down to the mouth of the river as it discharges into the Persian Gulf. Here, tan sediments from the river can be seen entering the gulf, turning to green in color as they diffuse. The river varies in width from about 232 metres (761 ft) at Basra to 800 metres (2,600 ft) at its mouth.