Lake Milh in central Iraq • Earth.com

Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features one of Iraq’s largest lakes, Lake Milh, which has been fluctuating in recent decades as a result of dam management and droughts.

The photograph shows that Lake Milh – also known as Lake Razzaza – is finally starting to fill up again.

In the 1980s, Lake Milh was a popular recreational area, as well as an important breeding ground for many birds such as flamingos. In the following years, however, water levels began to disappear along with tourism and several fish species.

The image was captured on August 21, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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