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Lakes Along the Euphrates River in Turkey and Syria

35.9N 37.0E

April 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Cyprus - April 15th, 2011

This image of the eastern Mediterranean Sea includes the island-nation of Cyprus (center left), Turkey (above) and Syria (center and lower right), with Lebanon and parts of Israel/Palestine visible along the coast towards the bottom.

Also of interest are several lakes, lined up from top to bottom along the right edge: the reservoir of the Karakaya Dam and Lake Atatürk Dam, both in Turkey, and Lake Assad, in Syria. All are located along the Euphrates River.


Dust from Arabian Desert Over Red Sea

27.9N 38.7E

April 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Red Sea - April 15th, 2011

A plume of dust originating in Saudi Arabia can be seen blowing southwestward over the Red Sea, towards Egypt and Sudan.

In the upper part of the image, a cloud of dust can also be seen spreading northwestward in a fan shape towards the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Syria.

The dust is from the Arabian Desert, a vast desert wilderness with an area of 2,330,000 square kilometers (900,000 square miles) that occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal night time freezes.

The Middle East, from Vegetated Coast to Desert

32.4N 37.1E

April 4th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Middle East - March 30th, 2011

Much of the eastern and southern parts of this image, stretching across Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria (counterclockwise from bottom left), appears quite arid.

However, the coastal areas of Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey (south to north) show greener, more vegetated land. The valley along the Euphrates River is also vegetated. Other notable features include Lake Assad (above) and the Dead Sea (below).

Seas, Lakes and Rivers in Egypt and the Middle East – March 15th, 2011

31.4N 35.4E

March 15th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - February 18th, 2011

The land along the banks of the Nile River and in the river’s delta is green and vegetated, in contrast to the desert that covers most of the rest of the image.

Other bodies of water can be observed as well, including Lake Nasser (on the Nile at the bottom edge), Lake Moeris (at the edge of an oasis just west of the Nile, near the left edge), the Red Sea (separating Egypt and Saudi Arabia, center to lower right), the Mediterranea Sea (upper left) and the Dead Sea (in Israel/Palestine, northeast of the Sinai Peninsula).

Nations In and Around the Eastern Mediterranean

35.4N 33.6E

November 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Syria - November 9th, 2010

This image shows the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and the nations in and surrounding it. The island nation of Cyprus is visible amidst the dark blue Mediterranean waters.

Around the shoreline are (clockwise from top left) Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Further inland, in the lower right quadrant, Jordan and parts of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also visible.

Although some green and brown mountainous areas can be observed by the coast, particularly in Turkey, most of the land to the east appears quite arid.

Several bodies of water can be observed, however: the Dead Sea can be seen between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right) in the lower part of the image, while to the north Lake Assad is visible in Syria, connected to the Euphrates River.