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Countries Surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean Sea – November 6th, 2009

34.9N 33.3E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009

Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009

This view of the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea includes the island nation of Cyprus, as well as (counterclockwise along the shoreline from bottom left) Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Inland, Jordan and parts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also visible.

The dry, arid landscape occupying most of the image is interrputed by several lakes and rivers. Below, in Egypt, the Nile River Delta creates a wide, fan-shaped green area along the Mediterranean coast.

To the northeast, the Dead Sea can be seen in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right). The lower part of this inland sea appears  greenish due to an extensive network of salt evaporation pans called the Dead Sea Dikes.

Continuing to the north, Lake Assad is visible in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River. North of Lake Assad is Lake Atatürk Dam, in Turkey.

Finally, also located in Turkey, at the top left, is Lake Tuz. In contrast with the other lakes seen in this image, Lake Tuz appears bright white. It is a salt lake, and the second largest lake in Turkey.

Reservoirs in Turkey and Syria

37.5N 38.5E

August 25th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lakes in Syria and Turkey - July 26th, 2009

Lakes in Syria and Turkey - July 26th, 2009

Several artificial lakes created by dams along the Euphrates River can be seen in this image of parts of southern Turkey (above) and northern Syria (below). These are, from top to bottom, the Karakaya Reservoir, Lake Atatürk Dam and Lake Assad. Heavily populated areas appear as grey patches amidst the tan terrain, while agricultural areas irrigated by water from the lakes appear green.

Lake Atatürk Dam was created by the Atatürk Dam on the Euphrates River in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The dam was built to generate electricity and irrigate the plains in the region.

Lake Assad was created by the construction of the Tabaqah Dam on the Euphrates River, upstream from the town of Ar Raqqah. The reservoir is about 80 kilometers long and averaging eight kilometers in width.

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