Lake Urmia

Lake Urmia – is a salt lake in north-west Iran. It used to be the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake in the world with more than 100 islands and the area of of approx. 5200 km2, 140 km long and 55 km wide. Till 2017 the lake lost 90% of its size and 98% of its water volume because of droughts, construction of the dams, pumping of groundwater from the area.
Update 2019: Many effords had been taken and the water level in the Lake Urmia is increasing.

The name “Urmia” might come from Indo-Iranian urmi (wave) and urmya (wavy, undulating).

In the pictures: Lake Urmia in September 2016, in February 2017 and in June 2017.

Lake Urmia in September 2016

Lake Urmia in February 2017

Lake Urmia in June 2017

June 2017

More information:

Lake Urmia: how Iran’s most famous lake is disappearing (the Guardian)

Iran scrambles to save Lake Orumiyeh

Lake Urmia 1972-2014

Google Timelapse: Lake Urmia, Iran

See also:

Iran From The Top (all posts)

Iran on

© Agata Ziz • All photos were taken by me • All rights reserved

4 thoughts on “Lake Urmia

  1. I see you liked my photo, were you able to view in the reader? I was told it is not there when viewed from reader? Just trying to see if this is the case. I may need to contact WP if it can only be viewed by visiting my site. Thank you Lisa

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      1. Dang I will have to sort that out when I get some time. I think that is why my photos are not being liked as much as they were. I always woke in the morning with way more likes. That is not my goal, but it just so much sense now that I know. I appreciate you letting me know. We are moving, and I have zero time to address this nor do I even know how.

        Again thank you so very much! Have a great Sunday! Blessings Lisa

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