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Lakes Along the Euphrates River in Turkey and Syria

35.9N 37.0E

April 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Cyprus - April 15th, 2011

This image of the eastern Mediterranean Sea includes the island-nation of Cyprus (center left), Turkey (above) and Syria (center and lower right), with Lebanon and parts of Israel/Palestine visible along the coast towards the bottom.

Also of interest are several lakes, lined up from top to bottom along the right edge: the reservoir of the Karakaya Dam and Lake Atatürk Dam, both in Turkey, and Lake Assad, in Syria. All are located along the Euphrates River.


The Middle East, from Vegetated Coast to Desert

32.4N 37.1E

April 4th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Middle East - March 30th, 2011

Much of the eastern and southern parts of this image, stretching across Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria (counterclockwise from bottom left), appears quite arid.

However, the coastal areas of Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey (south to north) show greener, more vegetated land. The valley along the Euphrates River is also vegetated. Other notable features include Lake Assad (above) and the Dead Sea (below).

Irrigated Land Near Lake Assad, Syria

35.9N 38.2E

March 6th, 2011 Category: Mosaics, Rivers

Syria - February 11th, 2011

Lake Assad (dark blue, upper left quadrant) is a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 when the Tabqa Dam was closed.

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. Such lands appear greenish in this image (open full image for better detail) despite the surrounding arid terrain.

Nations In and Around the Eastern Mediterranean

35.4N 33.6E

November 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Syria - November 9th, 2010

This image shows the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and the nations in and surrounding it. The island nation of Cyprus is visible amidst the dark blue Mediterranean waters.

Around the shoreline are (clockwise from top left) Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Further inland, in the lower right quadrant, Jordan and parts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also visible.

Although some green and brown mountainous areas can be observed by the coast, particularly in Turkey, most of the land to the east appears quite arid.

Several bodies of water can be observed, however: the Dead Sea can be seen between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right) in the lower part of the image, while to the north Lake Assad is visible in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River.

Lakes and Reservoirs in Turkey and Syria

35.9N 38.2E

July 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Several artificial reservoirs and natural lakes can be observed in this image of Turkey (above) and northern Syria (below). The largest visible is Lake Van (right), the biggest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in Van district. It is a saline and soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains.

Moving westward, several reservoirs created by dams can be seen in a zig-zag formation. The furthest south is Lake Assad, in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River. North of Lake Assad is Lake Atatürk Dam, in Turkey.

The landscape becomes progressively drier as one moves from the northeast to the southwest, although areas of irrigated agriculture can be seen near the reservoirs and rivers even in the arid parts of Syria.

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