The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow into the historical cradle of civilization. Dams built on these rivers in recent decades have altered the landscape with large reservoirs easily seen in Landsat imagery.
Turkey has built 22 dams as part of its Southeastern Anatolia Project, as the country works toward energy independence. The country’s last major dam planned for the Tigris is also its largest. A reservoir began filling behind the Ilisu Dam in July 2019.
Over its five decades, the Landsat program has provided a record of both natural and human-caused landscape change.
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