Images of Mediterranean Sea Area
Eastern Mediterranean Sea Area (below). The lands of the eastern Mediterranean
Sea are featured in this spectacular, high-oblique, north-looking photograph.
The island of Cyprus, near the center of the photograph, is partially obscured
by dust; north of Cyprus is Turkey. The whitish object north of Cyprus and just
north of the Turkish coast is Tuz Lake, a shallow, salt lake located in the
middle of the Konya Plain of central Turkey. North-northeast of Cyprus is the
Gulf of Alexandria, surrounded by the darker-colored Taurus Mountains. The
coasts of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel are visible east and southeast of Cyprus.
The dark-green Nile River Delta, bordered by the yellowish-orange sands of the
Egyptian desert, can be seen along the coast west of Israel. The line just east
of the delta traversing southward from the blue Mediterranean Sea is the Suez
Canal. East of the canal, the border is a straight line between the brown
vegetated lands of Israel and the brighter yellowish sands of the northern
desert of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Slightly east-northeast of the border
are the pale blue waters of the Dead Sea. Cairo, Egypt, is the darkish-gray
smudge near the apex of the Nile River Delta (NASA - June 1993).
Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar photographed by NASA. Part of
Spain can be seen above and Africa, below, in the photo.
Smoke from fires in Greece can be seen drifting across the eastern Mediterranean
Sea, in July 14, 2000 (NASA).
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