Lake Dukan looks just like a Christmas tree Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a photo of Lake Dukan in northern Iraq that closely resembles a Christmas tree.
Lake Dukan is actually a man made reservoir that was created during the construction of one of the oldest dams in Iraq, the Dukan Dam.
Lake Dukan (or Lake Dokan) (Kurdish: Deryaçey Dûkan) is the largest lake in Iraq. It is located close to the city of Ranya, and is a reservoir on the Little Zab created by the construction of the Dukan Dam. The Dukan Dam was built between 1954 and 1959 as a multi-purpose dam to provide water storage, irrigation and hydroelectricity. Prior to the flooding of Lake Dukan, the area has been subjected to archaeological research to investigate as many archaeological sites as possible. An archaeological survey in the Ranya Plain documented some 40 archaeological sites with evidence for occupation ranging from the sixth millennium BCE up to the present. Five of these sites were then excavated: Tell Bazmusian, ed-Dem, Kamarian, Qarashina and Tell Shemshara. The excavations at Tell Bazmusian revealed a temple dating to the second millennium BCE. At Tell Shemshara, an early-sixth millennium BCE village was excavated, as well as an early-second millennium BCE palace with a small archive of clay tablets. The inhabitants of some 50 villages in the flooded area, around 1,000–1,200 families, were resettled to the west of the lake. Also Lake Dukan looks just like a Christmas tree.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory