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Lakes Tuz, Beyşehir and Eğirdir in Turkey

August 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Turkey - August 30th, 2010

Clouds hang over the Strait of Kerch and Istanbul, while the skies over the rest of the country are clear. Many islands can also be seen off the western coast, as well as the island country of Cyprus to the south.

Several lakes can be seen on the Turkish mainland. The large white area at the center left is Lake Tuz, a saline lake and the third largest body of water in the country. Southwest of Lake Tuz are Lake Beyşehir (bright turquoise in color) and Lake Eğirdir (slightly darker and further west). Both of these are freshwater lakes and are situated in the Turkish Lakes Region.

Turkey, from Lake Tuz to Adana, and Cyprus

37.0N 35.3E

July 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

Turkey - June 30th, 2010

White clouds dot the skies over Turkey, while those over the Mediterranean Sea are clear. Another whitish area, situated in the upper left quadrant, is Lake Tuz, a salt lake and the third largest lake in the country.

Moving southward to the sea, sediments can be seen lining part of the shoreline. East of those green sediments is the Gulf of İskenderun, the easternmost tip of the Mediterranean, on the southern coast of Turkey near its border with Syria. The gulf’s eastern coast forms part of the Turkish province of Hatay, while its northern coast forms part of the province of Adana.

Upon opening the full image, the city of Adana in the eponymous province can be observed northwest of the gulf, appearing as a greyish tan area surrounded by green land. The city is situated on the Seyhan River, 30 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean Sea, in south-central Anatolia. It is the administrative seat of the Adana Province and has a population of 1.55 million, making it the fifth most populous city in Turkey.

Finally, visible in the Mediterranean Sea in the lower left quadrant is Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean. Its two mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, can be observed here. Inbetween the two ranges is the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria.

Countries Surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean Sea – November 6th, 2009

34.9N 33.3E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009

Eastern Mediterranean - September 24th, 2009

This view of the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea includes the island nation of Cyprus, as well as (counterclockwise along the shoreline from bottom left) Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Inland, Jordan and parts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also visible.

The dry, arid landscape occupying most of the image is interrputed by several lakes and rivers. Below, in Egypt, the Nile River Delta creates a wide, fan-shaped green area along the Mediterranean coast.

To the northeast, the Dead Sea can be seen in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right). The lower part of this inland sea appears  greenish due to an extensive network of salt evaporation pans called the Dead Sea Dikes.

Continuing to the north, Lake Assad is visible in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River. North of Lake Assad is Lake Atatürk Dam, in Turkey.

Finally, also located in Turkey, at the top left, is Lake Tuz. In contrast with the other lakes seen in this image, Lake Tuz appears bright white. It is a salt lake, and the second largest lake in Turkey.

The Shrinking Lake Tuz, Turkey – May 16th, 2009

38.7N 33.3E

May 16th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

Turkey - May 13th, 2009

Lake Tuz, located in central Anatolia and known as the second-largest lake of Turkey, may no longer deserve that title as it has shrunk by 85 percent over the last 90 years due to global warming, drought and the over usage of its water for irrigation purposes.

Studies of satellite images by Aksaray University’s Department of Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering have shown that Lake Tuz covered 216,400 hectares in 1915. Since then, it has shrunk at an alarming rate, decreasing to 92,600 hectares in 1987, and to 32,600 hectares in 2005.

Scientists say that drought, the over usage of water in the lake basin for irrigation and global warming have led to the loss of water in the lake. They are calling for urgent and radical measures to protect Lake Tuz, predicting that if the necessary measures are not taken, the lake will no longer exist by 2015.

The Salty Lake Tuz, Turkey – January 19th, 2009

January 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Lake Tuz, Turkey - January 12th, 2009

Lake Tuz, Turkey - January 12th, 2009

Lake Tuz (Turkish: Tuz Gölü meaning Salt Lake) is the second biggest lake in Turkey, located in the Central Anatolia region.

As its primarily light tan color indicates, for most of the year the lake is very shallow (1-2 m).

It is normally 80 km long and 50 km wide, with an area of 1,600 km², at an elevation of 905 m above sea level.

The lake, occupying a tectonic depression in the central plateau of Turkey, is fed by two major streams, groundwater, and surface water, but has no outlet. Brackish marshes have formed where channels and streams enter the lake.

It is extremely saline and during the summer, when most of the water in the lake dries up and exposes an average of 30 cm thick salt layer.

During winter part of the salt is re-dissolved in the fresh water that is introduced to the lake by precipitation and surface runoff.

The dark blue, non saline lake just north of Lake Tuz is Lake Hirfanli, created by the Hirfanli Dam.

To see other lakes in Turkey, click here.

source Wikipedia