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Borders Feature Revealing Lakes Near Turkey

40.3N 45.3E

February 10th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Iran, Turkey, Armenia – January 27th, 2013

This cloud-covered image highlights the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which overlays countries’ boundaries on satellite images. Here, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Azerbaijan can be observed counterclockwise from the bottom right, with Armenia in the center. While Lake Van, in Turkey, is partially visible through the clouds, the borders feature shows the location of other lakes that would be hidden: Lake Urmia (bottom), in Iran, Lake Sevan (center), in Armenia, and the Mingachevir Reservoir (upper right), in Azerbaijan.

Mountains and Lakes Near Caspian Sea’s Absheron Peninsula – September 30th, 2010

40.4N 49.0E

September 30th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Caspian Sea - August 29th, 2010

The Absheron peninsula in Azerbaijan juts out into the Caspian Sea on the right side of this image. It extends 37 miles (60 km) eastward into the sea, and reaches a maximum width of 19 miles (30 km).

Though technically the easternmost extension of the Caucasus Mountains, whose white peaks are visible running diagonally across the image towards the peninsula, its landscape is only mildly hilly. Most of the peninsula is a gently undulating plain that ends in a long spit of sand dunes known as Shah Dili, and now declared the Absheron National Park. In this part the peninsula is dissected by ravines and characterized by frequent salt lakes.

Two large lakes can be observed in west of the peninsula and south of the mountains: the Mingachevir Reservoir in Azerbaijan, greenish blue, and Lake Sevan in Armenia, dark blue and closer to the left edge. Also visible in the bottom left corner (completely visible in the full image) is Lake Urmia, in Iran, whose shores are ringed by white salt flats.

Mingachevir Reservoir on the Kur River, Azerbaijan

40.7N 47.0E

March 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Azerbaijan - February 19th, 2010

Azerbaijan - February 19th, 2010

Two lakes are visible south of the Greater Caucasus Mountains in this orthorectified image of Azerbaijan: the smaller Acinohur Golu and the larger Mingachevir Reservoir.The latter is located near Mingachevir, the fourth-biggest city in Azerbaijan with a population of about 100,000.

It is known as city of lights because of its hydroelectric power station on the Kur River, which splits the city in half. The Kur is the biggest river in Azerbaijan, and the artificial lake behind the Mingechevir dam is the biggest lake in the country.