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Sediments in the Persian Gulf Off the Coasts of Iraq and Neighbors

27.0N 51.0E

February 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers, Sediments

Persian Gulf - February 16th, 2010

Persian Gulf - February 16th, 2010

Sediments spill forth from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, turning the waters of the Persian Gulf off the shores of Iraq a greenish color. The entire area near the rivermouths is a river delta interlaced by the channels of the two rivers and by irrigation canals. Some sediments are also present off the coasts of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

To the north, some of the peaks of the Zagros Mountains in Iran are capped by snow. Following the mountains eastward, Lakes Tashk and Bakhtegan (slightly further east than the former) appear as a greyish-white area. Lake Bakhtegan is a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, about 160 km east of Shiraz and 15 km west of the town of Neyriz.

Bakhtegan, with a surface area of 350,000 hectares (1.4 million acres), is Iran’s second-largest lake. It is fed by the Kor River. Several dams on the Kor River have significantly reduced waterflow into the lake, increasing its salinity and endangering the lake’s populations of flamingos and other migratory birds.

Bahramgor Protected Area by the Zagros Mountains, Iran

29.4N 55.6E

January 7th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Iran - December 14th, 2009

Iran - December 14th, 2009

The dark area in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image is part of the Bahramgor Protected Area, a wildlife sanctuary and reserve. The protected area is located in Kerman Province, Iran, at the south-eastern end of the Zagros Range.

The Zagros Mountains are the largest mountain range in Iran and Iraq. With a total length of 1,500 km (932 mi), from northwestern Iran, and roughly correlating with Iran’s western border, the Zagros range spans the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau and ends at the Straits of Hormuz.

Mountains Around the Iraq-Iran Border

35.5N 46.1E

December 6th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Iraq and Iran - November 6th, 2009

Iraq and Iran - November 6th, 2009

The mountainous terrain of northeastern Iraq (below) and northwestern Iran (above) is visible in this orthorectified image. The Iraqi land is part of the As Sulaymānīyah Province, within the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The province is surrounded by mountains (Goyzha, Azmir, Glazarda and Piramagrun).

The terrain becomes increasingly mountainous as one moves northward into Iran, one of the world’s most mountainous countries. The western part of Iran includes ranges such as the Caucasus, Zagros and Alborz Mountains. Its landscape is dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateaux from one another. Lake Zarivar (or Zrewar) can be seen in one such basin in the upper right quadrant.