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Sand Blowing Southeast of Lake Tharthar, Iraq

33.3N 44.3E

July 4th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes

Iraq - June 21st, 2011

The large, teardrop-shaped body of water between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers towards the center of this image of Iraq is Lake Tharthar.

Situated 120 kilometers north of Baghdad, it is the largest lake in Iraq. The construction of several dams has made it an important source for irrigation. Its size shrinks and expands dramatically with the seasons.

Southeast of the lake, some sand can be seen blowing in the air over the Shatt al’Arab, the river formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates.

Lakes in Turkey, Iran and Iraq – April 15th, 2011

37.3N 44.5E

April 15th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Turkey, Iran, Iraq - March 30th, 2011

Several lakes can be observed in this image of southern Turkey, northwestern Iran and Iraq. In the upper left corner is Lake Van, in Turkey, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

In the upper right quadrant is the southwestern part of the Caspian Sea, flanked by the Alborz Mountains of Iran. Between the Caspian Sea and Lake Van is the bright green Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran, ringed by white salt flats. To the south, in Iraq, is Lake Tharthar, located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

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.

Lakes Tharthar and Qadisiyah Between Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Iraq – January 20th, 2011

33.9N 43.2E

January 20th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq - December 27th, 2010

Several lakes can be situated situated between the Tigris (right) and Euphrates (left) Rivers in Iraq. The largest is Lake Tharthar, situated 120 kilometers north of Baghdad. After flowing around the lake the two rivers converge to form the Shatt al’Arab River.

A smaller lake can be observed west of Lake Tharthar, the man-made reservoir called Lake Qadisiyah. It sits on the north side of the Haditha Dam on the Euphrates River. The reservoir has 100 kilometres of shoreline and provides irrigation water for nearby cultivated fields.

Lake Tharthar, Iraq and the Al-Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia – November 2nd, 2010

32.2N 41.9E

November 2nd, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq - October 21st, 2010

The green areas in the upper part of this image are situated around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the valley between them. Also located between the two rivers is Lake Tharthar, the largest lake in Iraq.

The golden sands stretching across the lower part of the image are part of the Al-Nefud desert in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Occupying a great oval depression, the desert is 180 miles (290 km) long and 140 miles (225 km) wide, with an area of 40,000 square miles (103,600 km²). The Nafud is an erg, noted for its sudden violent winds, which account for the large crescent-shaped dunes.

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