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Lakes Assad and Atatürk Dam on the Euphrates River, in Turkey and Syria – October 8th, 2011

37.5N 38.5E

October 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Turkey and Syria - October 2nd, 2011

Two large reservoirs can be observed in this image of the border area between Turkey (above) and Syria (below). Near the top of the image is Lake Atatürk Dam, the third largest in Turkey, located on the Euphrates River.

To the south is Lake Assad, a reservoir also on the Euphrates, in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 km3 and a maximum surface area of 610 km2.

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Visible between the two lakes is a large green area, including the Sumatar Harabesi oasis, in Turkey.

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’s Lake Van Surrounded by Snow

38.6N 42.9E

February 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - January 16th, 2011

The irregularly shaped Lake Van, in Turkey, is surrounded by snow. The land to the south in Iraq (bottom right quadrant) and Syria (lower left quadrant), however, is snow free.

Several other lakes can be observed on the left side of the image, including Lake Assad in Syria (bottom left) and Lake Atatürk Dam, north of Lake Assad, in Turkey.

Keban, Karakaya and Atatürk Dam Reservoirs in Turkey

38.8N 38.7E

December 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Turkey - November 28th, 2010

Multiple artificial reservoirs created by dams along the Euphrates River can be observed in this image of southern Turkey. The three largest are, from top to bottom, the Keban Reservoir, the Karakaya Reservoir and Lake Atatürk Dam.

The surrounding terrain, in Elâzığ Province (Old Name Elezîz), appears mostly mountainous. The source of the Euphrates river is located in this province. The total area of the province is 9,153 square kilometres (3,534 sq mi), 826 km2 (319 sq mi) of which is covered by reservoirs and natural lakes.

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.