Syrian Desert, West Asia
Between the cultivated lands along the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the fertile Euphrates River lies the Syrian Desert, covering parts of modern Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. This Landsat 7 scene from 2000 centers on the southern end of the Syrian Desert’s As-Safa lava fields southeast of the city of Damascus. The image captures the hottest terrain in bright red, and these areas
likely correspond to dark, barren, basaltic lava. Cooler terrain is bluish green, while pockets of lush vegetation in oases and towns are bright green. Cinder cones pockmark the northern fields, while bright blue pools of water appear throughout.