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Sediments in Southeastern Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan and Iran

37.9N 52.7E

January 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Caspian Sea - December 27th, 2010

Greenish sediments can be observed along the southeast coast of the Caspian Sea. They are particulary bright in Gorgan Bay, is separated from the rest of the sea by the Miyānkāle peninsula.

While much of the land to the east belongs to Turkmenistan, the southern shoreline is framed by the the Alborz Mountains of Iran. Some snow can be seen on the slopes facing away from the lake.

Karabogas and Gorgan Bays of the Caspian Sea

39.4N 52.4E

September 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Caspian Sea - August 29th, 2010

Karabogas Bay, filling a depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan and thus forming a bay on the Caspian Sea, appears greyish blue, in contrast to its blackish blue neighbor. The color difference is due in part to the shallowness of the bay.

South of the bay, the eastern shoreline of the sea is lined by greenish sediments. In the full image, a greenish bay can be seen in the sea’s southeastern corner. This body of water, known as Gorgan Bay, is separated from the rest of the sea by the Miyānkāle peninsula.

The Miyānkāle Peninsula is narrow but long and located in Mazandaran Province in the north of Iran. The combined area of the peninsula and bay, was designated a Ramsar wetland site in 1975.

Southeast Caspian Sea and Miyānkāle Peninsula

36.8N 53.8E

August 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Caspian Sea - July 28th, 2009

Caspian Sea - July 28th, 2009



Sediments or algae off the coasts of Turkmenistan and Iran lighten the color of the waters of the southeast part of the Caspian Sea.

The southern shoreline is fringed by the green vegetation of Iran’s Mazandaran province and the Alborz mountain range.

Located in the southeast corner, between the green vegetation and the sediment-flanked shoreline, is the Miyānkāle peninsula. This narrow but long peninsula in Mazandaran Province in the north of Iran sets apart the Gorgan Bay from the Caspian Sea. The peninsula has an elevation of 23 meters above sea level.

The area around it is known as the Miyānkāle Wildlife Sanctuary and Wetland; one of the richest ecological havens in West Asia. It is home to many unique bird and reptile species native to this region and recognized as a refuge for migratory birds.

However, this nature reserve is unfortunately highly under threat by Industry and Tourism. While tourism-related activities continue to pollute the area, there are plans to build a huge hotel complex in the middle of the park. The number of migratory birds has fallen significantly during the past few years. Extensive fishing and hunting has damaged the ecological balance, and many species are under threat of total extinction.