Istanbul Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey

January 19, 2006
This Envisat ASAR Wide Swath multitemporal image, created with images from three different orbits and dates, shows the city of Istanbul (center image). The city is located at the extremity of the Bosporus strait along the coast of the Marmara Sea. The strait divides the European part of Turkey from the Asian part, and connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It is crossed by two of the largest suspension bridges in the world. One is the Bosporus Bridge and the other is Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. These two bridges are visible in the center south part of the image. The zone around the city is of mostly mountainous character, while to the west and the south the areas are composed of many fields. Other important information visible in this image is the different color tonality that the currents flowing from the Sea of Marmara through the Bosporus strait take on. The colored dots are ships; the red dots correspond to ships passing in June, the green ones to October and the blue ones to December.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 07-Jun-2004
  • Orbit nr: 11870
  • Center coordinates: lat. 41.27, lon. 28.76

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