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Feature - Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia
Newsha Tavakolian
Situated in northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is the Middle East’s second largest saltwater lake. Formerly known for it’s striking turquoise color, the lake’s shrimp had drawn flamingos, pelicans, egrets, and ducks to it shores while the therapeutic warm and salty water attracted tourists. But, over the past 30 years climate change and human development have caused the lake to shrink by 80%. Blowing salt from dry salt-flats has ruined surrounding farmland and algae and bacteria have turned the lake’s water red. The birds and crowds of tourists are now gone but the government hopes to bring life back to...

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IRAN. 2016. Summertime bathers wade into waters colored red by...
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IRAN. 2016. A group of retirees from the city of Tabriz wades...
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IRAN. 2016. Wading in Lake Urmia’s salty water.
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IRAN. 2016. A family walks as the sun sets at Lake Urmia.
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IRAN. 2016. Three brothers in the village of Guvarchin Qaleh...
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IRAN. 2016. Lake Urmia, colored red by salt-loving bacteria and...
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IRAN. 2016. Three brothers at the village of Guvarchin Qaleh....
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IRAN. 2016. Empty buildings and abandoned boats are all that...
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IRAN. 2016. This cruise-boat wreck is a testament to the great...
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IRAN. 2016. Taxidermied birds at the Natural History Museum of...
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IRAN. 2016. Thousands of white mosquitoes on a window frame of...
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IRAN. 2016. Maohammad Azmodeh and his family have owned this...
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A herd of sheep near Lake Urmia.
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IRAN. 2016. Harvesting tomatoes near Qalqachi village, West Azerbaijan...
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IRAN. 2016. A field of sunflowers, some covered with plastic...
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IRAN. 2016. Reza Manafzadeh works on a fruit-tree farm at the...
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IRAN. 2016. Children Play amongst dead breadfruit trees near...
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IRAN. 2016. The village of Guvarchin Qaleh near Lake Urmia.
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IRAN. 2016. The village of Guvarchin Qaleh near Lake Urmia.
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IRAN. 2016. There are only eight students left at Qalqachi primary...
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IRAN. 2016. Students run around at Qalqachi primary school's...
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