Western Turkey • Earth.com

Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 9:00 am

The sun was shining brightly over western Turkey and cloudy conditions dominated the eastern part of the country when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the region in late February 2016. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Aqua captured this beautiful true-color image on February 22.

This image is centered on Turkey, a country slightly larger than the state of Texas which is located in Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia. It is bounded on the north by the Black Sea, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the southwest by the Aegean Sea. The 7,200 km (4,474 mi) coastline also includes the Sea of Marmara which is located in the northwest.

Turkey’s coastal plain appears green, colored by rich vegetation. The central plateau, also known as Anatolia, is higher, drier and more rugged than the coastal plain, and it appears predominantly light tan in this image. Lake Tuz sits near the center of Anatolia. Several mountain ranges are found in Turkey. Most notable are the Pontic Mountains, which arc along the north of the country, and the Taurus Mountains along Anatolia’s southern edge.


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