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Oroumieh Lake, Iran's Largest, Turning To Salt

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posted on May, 30 2011 @ 06:34 PM

OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran (AP) -- From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth.

"Look, the boat is stuck... It cannot move anymore," said Saadat, gesturing to where it lay encased by solidifying salt and lamenting that he could not understand why the lake was fading away.

The long popular lake, home to migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls, 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.

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posted on May, 30 2011 @ 06:45 PM
Remind you of something? Maybe the Aral Sea which is facing the same problem?

In that region of the world, over-irrigation is the most dangerous environmental crisis.

Within half a century the Aral sea dropped 90%. I'm sure the same will happen in Iran if action is not taken.
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