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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).

Dust Over Iraq and Colors of Lakes Van and Urmia – June 4th, 2012

37.1N 44.4E

June 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq, Iran, Turkey - June 1st, 2012

This image focuses on two large bodies of water: Lake Van, in Turkey (upper left) and Lake Urmia, in Iran (right). Lake Van usually appears dark blue due to its depth, with some green from sediments and algal growth in its shallower sections. Lake Urmia, however, changes color frequently (click here for more images) as it is relatively shallow and subject to more fluctuations in salt/mineral content and algal growth.

A third large lake can be seen upon opening the full image: the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar, in Iraq. Dust can be seen blowing near the lake, over the valley through which the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow.

Dust Between Iraq, Lake Van and the Caspian Sea

38.3N 44.3E

May 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes

Caspian Sea - May 21st, 2012

Dust blows northward from Iraq towards Turkey and northwestern Iran. Here, two main clouds of dust can be observed: one between Lake Van (left edge) and the Caspian Sea (right edge), and the other near the Iraq-Iran border, east of the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley. While the land below those two main dust clouds is almost completely obscured, Lake Tharthar can be seen through a thinner veil of dust at the lower left.


Dense Cloud of Dust Over Persian Gulf – March 23rd, 2012

30.1N 46.5E

March 23rd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 18th, 2012

A thick cloud of dust blows over Iraq, Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia. The dust obscures much of the Persian Gulf (right), virtually all of the valley by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and impedes the view of Lake Tharthar (left). This dust storm has been moving huge amounts of sand and dust particles about the Middle East and Asia over the last week (click here for previous images).

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.