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Turkish Lakes Region and Sultan Mountains

37.7N 31.4E

December 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Turkey - November 25th, 2011

This image shows several lakes in the Turkish Lakes Region: Lake Burdur (dark blue, by left edge), Lake Eğirdir (dark green northern basin and turquoise southern basin, center), Lake Beyşehir (bright turquoise, right) and Lake Akşehir (green, top center).

Separating Lake Akşehir from Lakes Eğirdir and Beyşehir are the Sultan Mountains, a short mountain range on the western edge of the Anatolian Plateau, Turkey. The range’s highest elevation is 1,980 m (6,500 ft). The western slopes are part of the Lake Beyşehir drainage basin.

Lake Burdur is a large saline lake of tectonic origin, positioned at the frontier between Burdur and Isparta provinces, in southwestern Turkey. It has an area of 250.00 km² and maximum depth variously reported at between 50 and 110 m, as water level in the lake fluctuates.

Lake Eğirdir has an area of 482 square kilometres (186 sq mi), making it is the fourth largest lake (second largest freshwater) in Turkey. Lake Beyşehir  is a large freshwater lake in Isparta and Konya provinces. It has an area of 650.00 km² and is 45 km long and 20 km wide.

Lakes of the Göller Bölgesi, the Turkish Lakes Region

38.0N 30.8E

September 8th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Turkey - July 28th, 2009

Turkey - July 28th, 2009

Lakes of varying sizes can be seen across this part of southern Turkey, near the Mediterranean Sea, known as the Göller Bölgesi or Lakes Region.

The large, greenish lake near the center is Lake Beyşehir, with a surface area of 650 km². This freshwater lake is used for irrigation, which has been causing reductions in its water level and thus threatening the fish and plankton inhabiting it.

The other large freshwater lake west of Beyşehir is Lake Eğirdir, with an area of 482 km². Southwest of Eğirdir is the dark blue Lake Burdur, whose surface area is 250 km² .

Unlike its two larger neighbors, its waters are saline. Water level in the lake fluctuates; its maximum depth has been variously reported at between 50 and 110 m. Lake Burdur is also an important wetland site for many bird species and is designated a Ramsar site.

Turkish Lakes Region – January 10th, 2009

January 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Lakes in Southern Turkey - November 25th, 2008

Lakes in Southern Turkey - November 25th, 2008

Several lakes in the Lakes Region of southwestern Turkey are visible in this image.

The largest lake, on the far right, is Lake Beyşehir. It is a large freshwater lake whose water level often fluctuates. Lake Beyşehir is used for irrigation, although it is also a national park. In the image, we can see that sediments have turned parts of it a greyish tan color, while algae has made other parts green.

To the left of Lake Beyşehir is Lake Eğirdir. With an area of 482 km2 it is the fourth largest (second largest freshwater) lake in Turkey. It has some grey-tan sediments as well, although it seems to contain more blue-green algae.

Southwest of Lake Eğirdir we have Lake Burdur which, unlike the previous two, is a large saline lake. Water level in the lake fluctuates, and it is also an important wetland site for many bird species.

Picture of Lake Acigol, Turkey © Arif Solak

Picture of Lake Acigol, Turkey © Arif Solak

Finally, to the left of Lake Burdur we can see the outline of Lake Acıgöl (literally “the bitter lake” in Turkish). Its surface area varies greatly through the seasons, with 100 km² in spring and 35 km² in late summer, with a maximum depth of 1.63 m. In the image, the surface level appears low around the edges, with a deeper green pool in the center.

Lake Acıgöl, fed primarily by high-sulfate springs issuing from a fault line on its south side, is notable for its sodium sulfate reserves. It is estimated to contain 12.5 million mt of sodium sulfate in the surface and in the subsurface brine. These reserves extensively used in the industry and Turkey’s largest commercial sodium sulfate production operations are based here.

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