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Gulf of İskenderun and Lakes Assad and Atatürk Dam, in Syria and Turkey

35.9N 38.2E

July 16th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - July 12th, 2011

Visible in the lower left quadrant, slightly silver in color due to sun glint, is the Gulf of İskenderun. It is an inlet of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, of which it forms the easternmost tip, on the southern coast of Turkey near its border with Syria.

Visible further inland are two large lakes: Lake Assad (below), a reservoir on the Euphrates in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria, and Lake Atatürk Dam (north of the former), also on the Euphrates, on the border of Adıyaman Province and Şanlıurfa Province in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey.

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.