Is Urmia lake drying? دریاچه ارومیه خشک می شود؟

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

.ساحل من دیگر آب ندارد که میزبان مهتاب باشد

My shore has no water any more to host moonlight.

One day I will walk across the seashore and I watch the beauty of clouds and under I see just salt there! What happened? What's up with waves? Where are the birds? What's doing the boat through heavy salts with oar? My minds feeling something different with what I hope to. and suddenly I jump down the dreams and get happy to know that there's still time to do something. To save the lake and to live better to have still an alive lake.

The drying up of Iran's largest saltwater lake is an "environmental issue" but some people seek to politicise it, media on Monday quoted the vice president for environmental affairs as charging. "The issue of Lake Orumiyeh is an environmental challenge," Mohammad Javad Mohammadi-Zadeh, who is also head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organisation, told reporters after a cabinet session on Sunday. "(But) some want to exploit the situation, politicise it and mount a social campaign," Mohammadi-Zadeh said. Lake Orumiyeh, the Middle East's largest saltwater lake, has shrunk by half over the past two decades due to drought and dam construction on the rivers that feed it. The lake, situated between East and West Azerbaijan provinces in the northwest, could dry out in the next two to four years and lead to apocalyptic consequences if no urgent action is taken, local officials and environmental experts warn. The ecological disaster has led residents to organise demonstrations against what they deem as the government's inaction to save the lake -- a major source of income for the area. Gatherings in the cities of Orumiyeh and Tabriz last week turned violent, according to official and opposition websites, prompting police to confront the protesters and make an unknown number of arrests. Mohammadi-Zadeh said on Sunday that the government was ready to finance a plan which envisages "resolving the lake's problems in a five-year project." He added that nearly 900 million dollars had been allocated to revive the lake with water from the River Arax -- which runs along Iran's borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan some 70 kilometres (45 miles) to the north -- as well as springs that feed the River Zab in neighbouring Iraq. The vice president's remarks came despite parliament's earlier refusal to fast-track a rescue plan put forward by local lawmakers to save the lake. The disappearance of Lake Orumiyeh would leave behind 10 billion tonnes of salt and could lead to the displacement of 14 million people, Orumiyeh member of parliament Javad Jahangirzadeh warned on Friday.

government has allocated 420 million dollars for the implementation of plans to save the dying Lake Urmia. Experts have long warned that natural factors, coupled with human activity, will cause Lake Urmia to dry up in the near future if nothing is done. It is believed that the destruction of the lake will create serious environmental problems for the region’s ecological system and climate.

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Greetings dear friend Roberta

And thanks so much for your kind visits and for your attention.

All your compliments are appreciated.

I'm glad and honored you'd liked this shot.


The recent photos are not viewed on google earth as I open the application and nothing of them during some months ago.

I hope those will be there as well.


Best wishes from north of Iran.

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Photo taken in West Azerbaijan, Eslamlu, Eslamlu, Iran

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  • Uploaded on August 30, 2010
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    by Hadi Natureboy (Saba…
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A540
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 11.76mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.513
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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