The Death of Iran's 'Dead Sea'

Climate Change Makes a Giant Lake in Iran Dissappear


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The desertification in northwestern Iran becomes more serious problem. Frequent drought conditions, climate change, government planning are to blame.

Lake Urmia, in the northwestern corner of Iran, is one of the largest permanent hypersaline lakes in the world, and the largest lake in the Middle East. Like the famous Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Salton Sea in California, the salty expanse of Lake Urmia in Iran has been drying up and shrinking for decades.

Lake Urmia, 2016
Lake Urmia, 1989
Lake Urmia surface elevation