IRAN’S TARNISHED GEM tells a story about the environmental disaster at Salt Lake Urmia of Iran |Unframed, Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm Matte | 100% cotton paper |
About the photograph: Urmia Lake in the north of Iran, which was once the largest lake in the Middle East second largest salt lake on the planet. In the early 1970s, nature and humanity have chipped away at this gem tucked in northwestern Iran, reducing its size by about 80 percent over the past 30 years. The flamingos that feasted on brine shrimp in this UNESCO biosphere reserve are mostly gone. So are the pelicans, the egrets, and the ducks. Even the tourists who flocked to Lake Urmia for therapeutic baths in its warm, hypersaline waters are staying away. A woman walks through remnants of a dilapidated dock in Lake Urmia on the coast of Sharafkhane port.2015
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