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Lakes Urmia, Van and Tharthar near the Caspian Sea – July 17th, 2010

33.9N 43.2E

July 17th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers, Salt Flats

Turkey, Iran and Iraq - June 30th, 2010

Turkey, Iran and Iraq - June 30th, 2010

Several lakes can be observed in this image of Turkey, Iran and Iraq. In the upper right hand corner is a small section of the Caspian Sea. The southwestern part of the shoreline is framed by the green slopes of the Alborz Mountains in Iran.

The reddish brown lake to the west is Lake Urmia, a salt lake in northwestern Iran, near Turkey. It is the largest lake in the Middle East, and the third largest salt water lake on earth. Here, its shores are ringed by whitish salt flats.

Further west, in the upper lefthand corner, is Lake Van in Turkey. South of Lake Van is Lake Tharthar in Iraq, between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.

Volcanic Fields, the Dead Sea, and Agricultural Areas in the Middle East – July 14th, 2010

31.4N 35.4E

July 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

The right half of this image stretches from southern Syria at the upper right, through Jordan (center) to Saudi Arabia (below). In the left half, following the Mediterranean Coast from north to south, are southern Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Part of the Red Sea can also be seen at the bottom.

Other areas of interest include an agricultural zone in Saudi Arabia, near the border with Jordan (best observed in the full image, in which the shapes of the individual fields can be seen); the Jabal ad-Duruz volcanic plateau, a dark brown patch in Syria adjacent to the I Es Safa hills (northeast of the volcanic field); and the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank to the west.

Sun Glint on Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea

44.8N 73.6W

June 9th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Israel/Palestine and Jordan - June 2nd, 2010

Israel/Palestine and Jordan - June 2nd, 2010

The Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake between Israel/Palestine and Jordan. Here, both the Dead Sea (below) and the Sea of Galilee (above) appear whitish silver due to sun glint.

The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on Earth, it averages about 1,312 ft (400 m) below sea level. It is 50 mi (80 km) long and up to 11 mi (18 km) wide.

Its eastern shore is Jordanian, while the southern half of its western shore is Israeli; the northern half of the western shore is within the West Bank, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War (1967).

Red Sea Between Africa and Middle East

13.9N 42.3E

June 7th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Red Sea - June 1st, 2010

Red Sea - June 1st, 2010

The Red Sea (left) extends southeast from Suez, Egypt, for about 1,200 mi (1,930 km) to the Strait of Mandeb, which connects with the Gulf of Aden (right) and then with the Arabian Sea.

The Red Sea separates the coasts of Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea from those of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It contains some of the world’s warmest and saltiest seawater. With its connection to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, it is one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world.

Dust Blowing Over the Nile River Delta, Egypt – June 5th, 2010

30.0N 31.2E

June 5th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt - June 2nd, 2010

Egypt - June 2nd, 2010



Dust from the Sahara Desert blows northwards across Egypt, over the Nile River Delta and above the Mediterranean Sea towards Cyprus. The close-up focuses on the dust partially veiling the delta region.

In the main image, the Sinai Peninsula and Middle Eastern nations such as Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Syria are visible to the east of the delta.