NASA’s Terra satellite captured Lake Urmia, Iran.

Credit: NASA

Lake Urmia is an endorheic salt lake in Iran, west of the southern portion of the Caspian Sea. At its greatest extent, it was the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth. By late 2017, the lake had shrunk to 10% of its former size (and 1/60 of water volume in 1998) due to persistent general drought in Iran, but also the damming of the local rivers that flow into it, and the pumping of groundwater from the surrounding area. This dry spell was broken in 2019 and the lake is now filling up once again.

Lake Urmia, along with its approximately 102 islands, is protected as a national park by the Iranian Department of Environment.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Reference: Reviving the Shriveled Lake Urmia (NASA Earth Observatory)
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