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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.

Turkey’s Lake Van Surrounded by Snow

38.6N 42.9E

February 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - January 16th, 2011

The irregularly shaped Lake Van, in Turkey, is surrounded by snow. The land to the south in Iraq (bottom right quadrant) and Syria (lower left quadrant), however, is snow free.

Several other lakes can be observed on the left side of the image, including Lake Assad in Syria (bottom left) and Lake Atatürk Dam, north of Lake Assad, in Turkey.

Lakes Van, Urmia and Mosul, in Turkey, Iran and Iraq

37.7N 43.7E

January 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Turkey - December 27th, 2010

The two large lakes visible here are Lake Van, in Turkey, in the upper left quadrant, and Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran, at the center right. Lake Van is deeper and dark blue in color, while its neighbor is shallower and ringed with white salt flats.

Another, much smaller lake can be observed in the lower left quadrant, in Iraq. This is the reservoir created by the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River. It is ranked as the fourth largest dam in the Middle East, measured by reserve capacity, capturing snowmelt from Turkey, some 70 mi north.

Smoke over Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea

November 17th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes

Smoke over Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea - November 9th, 2010

Smoke hangs in the skies over Azerbaijan and the southern Caspian Sea. The Alborz mountain range forms a barrier between the south Caspian and the Qazvin-Tehran plateau, preventing the smoke from spilling into neighboring Iran.

Two lakes are visible in the smoke-free part of the image: Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey, and Lake Van, in Turkey, to the west. The former is greenish brown in color and ringed with white salt flats, while the latter is dark blue.

Greenish Lake Urmia Ringed by White Salt Flats, Iran – October 29th, 2010

37.6N 45.4E

October 29th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Iran - October 21st, 2010

Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey, is a large salt lake. Due to use of the lake’s waters for agricultural purposes, the water levels have dropped, showing white salt flats around the edges.

Here, the lake’s waters themselves appear green, although at other times they have appeared red in color (click here for an example). The southern end appears shallower and white in color. A cluster of islands can be seen in this section of the lake.

Upon opening the full image, a causeway can be seen cutting across the lake at its narrowest part. Also visible in the full image is Lake Van, in Turkey, to the west.

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