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Currents in the Mediterranean Flowing Towards Cyprus

33.8N 35.4E

February 17th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Cyprus - February 4th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the island nation of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon. The lighter streaks in the sea off the coast of Syria show the movement of water, flowing westward off the Syrian coast.

Several cities appear as white areas in the image. Of note are Damascus, the capital of Syria, visible towards the bottom right corner, Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, visible along the coast to the northwest of Damascus, and Limassol, the second largest city in Cyprus, visible along the southern coast of the country.

Euphrates River and Lake Assad, Syria

36.0N 38.1E

February 6th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Syria - February 2nd, 2012

Visible above the center of this image is Lake Assad, a reservoir on the Euphrates River in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. It was created in 1974 by the Tabqa Dam. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 cubic kilometres (2.8 cu mi) and a maximum surface area of 610 square kilometres (240 sq mi).

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Here, the Euphrates River is flanked by green, vegetated areas. In addition, the lake provides drinking water for the city of Aleppo and supports a fishing industry. The shores of Lake Assad have developed into important ecological zones.

Lakes Assad and Atatürk Dam on the Euphrates River, in Turkey and Syria – October 8th, 2011

37.5N 38.5E

October 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Turkey and Syria - October 2nd, 2011

Two large reservoirs can be observed in this image of the border area between Turkey (above) and Syria (below). Near the top of the image is Lake Atatürk Dam, the third largest in Turkey, located on the Euphrates River.

To the south is Lake Assad, a reservoir also on the Euphrates, in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria. Lake Assad is Syria’s largest lake with a maximum capacity of 11.7 km3 and a maximum surface area of 610 km2.

A vast network of canals uses water from Lake Assad to irrigate lands on both sides of the Euphrates. Visible between the two lakes is a large green area, including the Sumatar Harabesi oasis, in Turkey.

Dust from Middle East Spreads Over Cyprus and to Turkey

35.4N 34.2E

September 30th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Turkey and Syria - September 29th, 2011

Dust from the Middle East blows westward over the Mediterranean Sea and northward over parts of Turkey. The dust also partially obscures the Dead Sea (lower right).

The veil of dust appears densest between the shores of Turkey (above) and Syria (right), and Cyprus. However, it can also be seen spreading beyond the island nation.

Green Mountains of Cyprus

35.0N 32.7E

September 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains

Cyprus - August 16th, 2011

Visible in the Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon is the island-nation of Cyprus. The islands two main mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, stand out as dark green areas in comparison with the tan coloring of the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria.

The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area. The narrow Kyrenia Range, extending along the northern coastline, occupies substantially less area, and elevations are lower.

Further east, clouds line the fingerlike Karpass Peninsula. Its farthest extent is Cape Apostolos Andreas, and its major population centre is the town of Rizokarpaso.