1. Posted on 25 July, 2011

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Iran’s Lake Urmia (Oroumieh), the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest salt water lake on earth, is turning to salt. Urmia is “home to some 212 species of birds, 41 reptiles, 7 amphibians, and 27 species of mammals, including the Iranian yellow deer.” According to a new report by AP, the lake “has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers that feed it.”
Photo: An abandoned ship is stuck in the solidified salts of the Oroumieh Lake, some 370 miles NW of Tehran, Iran, April 29, 2011. (Vahid Salemi)
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    seaofgreen:

    Iran’s Lake Urmia (Oroumieh), the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest salt water lake on earth, is turning to salt. Urmia is “home to some 212 species of birds, 41 reptiles, 7 amphibians, and 27 species of mammals, including the Iranian yellow deer.” According to a new report by AP, the lake “has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers that feed it.”

    Photo: An abandoned ship is stuck in the solidified salts of the Oroumieh Lake, some 370 miles NW of Tehran, Iran, April 29, 2011. (Vahid Salemi)