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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 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.

Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Neighbors – August 2nd, 2009

32.8N 39.0E

August 2nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and neighbors - June 21st, 2009

Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and neighbors - June 21st, 2009

The navy blue of the Mediterranean Sea (above) and the Red Sea (below) interrupt the expanses of brown and yellow land. Egypt is the only country visible here that touches both seas. Of particular note in Egyptian territory here are the Nile River (bottom left corner) and the Sinai Peninsula.

Moving up the Mediterranean coast, one comes first to Israel/Palestine and the Dead Sea, then Lebanon, then Syria. Heading inland into Syria, the Euphrates River moves southeastward to Iraq. The two greenish lakes are in Iraqi territory, Buhayrat ath Tharthar (above) and Lake Milh (below).

Returning to the south, Saudi Arabia is crossed by a bright orange swath of desert before arriving at the shores of the Red Sea. At the western extreme of this orange area, between Saudi Arabia and Israel/Palestine, is Jordan.

Dust Storm Over Iraq Covers Baghdad – July 1st, 2009

33.3N 44.3E

July 1st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust storm over Middle East - June 28th, 2009

Dust storm over Middle East - June 28th, 2009

Dust over Iraq

Dust over Iraq

A large dust storm reaches from Saudi Arabia to the Iraq-Iran border, covering much of Iraq including the capital, Baghdad.

The close-up focuses on an area in central Iraq. The Tigris (above) and Euphrates (below) Rivers, Lake Buhayrat ath Tharthar (center) and Lake Milh (bottom right) are partially visible. The city of Baghdad, east of the lakes, cannot be seen beneath the thick veil of dust.

The storm forced the closure of Baghdad’s airport due to poor visibility and thus caused a one-day postponement of Iraq’s historic oil development auction – the opening of bids entered by foreign oil companies (for the first time since the nationalization of the industry over 30 years ago) hoping to develop the country’s large oil reserves.

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