Dukan lake, Sulaymaniyah

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Lake Dukan is the largest lake in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is located close to the city of Ranya, and is a reservoir on the Little Zab created by the construction of the Dukan Dam. The Dukan Dam was built between 1954 and 1959 as a multi-purpose dam to provide water storage, irrigation and hydroelectricity. Prior to the flooding of Lake Dukan, the area has been subjected to archaeological research to investigate as many archaeological sites as possible. An archaeological survey in the Ranya Plain documented some 40 archaeological sites with evidence for occupation ranging from the sixth millennium BCE up to the present. Five of these sites were then excavated: Tell Bazmusian, ed-Dem, Kamarian, Qarashina and Tell Shemshara. The excavations at Tell Bazmusian revealed a temple dating to the second millennium BCE. At Tell Shemshara, an early-sixth millennium BCE village was excavated, as well as an early-second millennium BCE palace with a small archive of clay tablets. The inhabitants of some 50 villages in the flooded area, around 1,000–1,200 families, were resettled to the west of the lake.
The surface area of the lake is. At normal operation, the capacity of the reservoir is while its maximum capacity is. At that capacity, the surface elevation is above sea-level. In order to operate the power station, the surface elevation must be between 469and. The drainage basin of the Dukan Dam is.
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  • The lake has a very wonderful nature around.. To be realistic.. Thr nature of kurdistan region is very mountainous so you will have a lot of adventures.. But sadly the rental camps which lays near the...  more »
  • This is most important tourist location for the people, it is beautiful, amazing, it is best location and rest and breath good air  more »
  • Nice place for having a rest
  • It's a nice place, yet needs more facilities to take larger numbers of visitors. Right now there's only one hotel on the whole lake area !
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