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Lakes and Mountains Between Black and Caspian Seas

42.9N 44.2E

March 23rd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Black and Caspian Seas - March 20th, 2012

Two huge bodies of water: the Black Sea (left) and the Caspian Sea (right) can be observed by the edge of this image. Stretching between the two are the Caucasus Mountains.

Also visible between the seas, in the lower part of the image, are the dark blue Lake Van, in Turkey (below, center), the bright green Lake Urmia, in Iran (right of the former), and Lake Sevan, in Armenia (center). Lakes Van and Sevan are surrounded by snow, while Lake Urmia is ringed by white salt flats.

Lakes Urmia and Van Admist Snowfall, Iran and Turkey

37.6N 45.4E

February 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Iran and Turkey - January 3rd, 2012

Two lakes near the border of Turkey (left) and Iran (right) are visible amidst the snow: Lake Van (left, in Turkey) and Lake Urmia (right, in Iran). Lake Urmia appears bright green, framed by white salt flats. It is  a salt lake with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km² (2,000 mile²) and measurements of 140 km (87 mi) in length, 55 km (34 mi) in width, and 16 m (52 ft) in depth.

Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country. Lake Van is one of the world’s largest endorheic lakes (having no outlet). Like Lake Urmia, it is a saline lake. It receives water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Although Lake Van is situated at an altitude of 1,640 m (5,380 ft) with harsh winters, it does not freeze due to its high salinity except occasionally the shallow northern section.

Lakes Van, Urmia and Sevan, in Turkey, Iran and Armenia

38.6N 42.9E

September 22nd, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey and Iran - September 9th, 2011

Visible in this image are three lakes arranged in a triangle: Lake Van, in Turkey (left), the reddish Lake Urmia, in Iran (right), and Lake Sevan, in Armenia (above). Each is the largest lake in its respective country.

While Lakes Van and Sevan appear dark blue, Lake Urmia is rusty red in color. It is saline and ringed by salt flats that are white in color where its waters have (partially) evaporated.

Caucasus Mountains and Lakes Van, Urmia and Sevan in Eurasia – August 25th, 2011

41.5N 44.8E

August 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Caspian Sea - July 26th, 2011

The Caucasus Mountains stretch between the Black Sea (left) and the Caspian Sea (right) in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. The Caucasus Mountains include the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and
the Lesser Caucasus Mountains.

The Greater Caucasus Range extends from the Caucasian Natural Reserve in the vicinity of Sochi on the northeastern shore of the Black Sea, generally trending east-southeast and reaching nearly to Baku on the Caspian Sea, while the Lesser Caucasus runs parallel to the greater range, at a distance averaging about 100 km (62 mi) south.

Visible to the south of the mountains are three lakes arranged in a triangle: Lake Van, in Turkey (left), the reddish Lake Urmia, in Iran (right), and Lake Sevan, in Armenia. Each is the largest lake in its respective country.

Pontic Mountains and Lakes Van and Urmia, Turkey and Iran

38.6N 42.9E

July 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Turkey and Iran - June 21st, 2011

The Pontic Mountains frame the southern coast of the Black Sea in the upper left quadrant of this image focusing on Turkey.

Several other lakes can be observed, including Lake Van, in Turkey (center) and Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran. The former appears dark blue with some lighter areas colored by sediments, while the latter appears reddish and ringed by white salt flats.