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Lakes and Borders of Iraq – February 5th, 2013

32.7N 43.6E

February 5th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Iraq – January 27th, 2013

Although a large portion of the Middle East is cloud covered, the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature allows the borders between Iraq (center), Iran (right) and Kuwait (bottom left) to be clearly visible. This features also allows three lakes’ locations in Iraq to be observed despite the clouds: Lake Tharthar, Lake Habbaniyah and Lake Milh (top to bottom).

Lakes Tharthar, Habbaniyah and Qadisiyah, Iraq

33.9N 43.2E

March 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Iraq - March 1st, 2012

This image shows the slightly irregular shoreline of the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar, in Iraq. Known in Iraq as Buhayrat ath Tharthar, it is the largest lake in the country, although its size fluctuates dramatically with the seasons. It is situated 120 kilometers north of Baghdad between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers. The construction of several dams has made it an important source for irrigation.

Visible to the south is Lake Habbaniyah, a shallow natural lake in al-Anbar, Iraq, west of Baghdad. It has a surface area 140 km². Traditionally the lake has been used to hold flood water from the River Euphrates, and in 1956 a barrage was constructed at Ramadi for this purpose. Visible at the left edge of the image, west of Lake Tharthar, is a man-made reservoir: Lake Qadisiyah.  Qadisiyah was formed by the damming of the Euphrates River above Haditha, Iraq, and it sits on the north side of the Haditha Dam. It has 100 kilometres of shoreline and provides irrigation water for nearby cultivated fields.

Lakes Habbaniyah, Milh and Qadisiyah Near Lake Tharthar in Iraq

32.7N 43.6E

February 12th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Iraq - January 16th, 2011

The largest lake in this image is the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar, situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in Iraq. The construction of several dams has made it an important source for irrigation.

Several other lakes can also be observed nearby. To the south is
Lake Habbaniyah, a shallow natural lake with a surface area 140 km². Further south is Lake Milh, a depression into which excess water from the Euphrates River is diverted by a controlled escape channel or canal.

Finally, Lake Qadisiyah can be observed to the west of Lake Tharthar. It was formed by the damming of the Euphrates River above Haditha, Iraq. It has 100 kilometres of shoreline and provides irrigation water for nearby cultivated fields.

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