Dufferin Terrace and the Chateau Frontenac, in Quebec,
Caspian Sea, Elburz Mountains, Iran (NASA, May 1996).
The Caspian Sea, the world’s largest inland body of water, is discernible in
this panoramic, west-looking photograph. A salt lake, the Caspian
Sea sits in a huge depression that has many entering rivers and streams,
including the Volga, but no outlet. The sea, situated 92 feet below sea level,
has in recent years experienced drops in water level. Along the southern shore
are the rugged, snow-capped Elburz Mountains, with the lowland that separates
them from the sea (just left of center) no wider than 25 miles at any one point.
The Elburz Mountains, with many peaks exceeding 10 000 feet, have as their
highest peak, Mount Damavand, an extinct volcano reaching 18 934 feet.
Discernible is Dasht-e-Kavir (from near left center to near
bottom center), a great salt desert and huge basin of interior drainage
named after kavirs (salt marshes) that cover large areas within the basin.
Apparent are clouds above the Kopet Mountains (bottom right center) and the Bay
of Krasnovodsk in Turkmenistan (right center).
The wonderful Barra do Jacuipe beach, in Bahia, Brazil.
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