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 8, 2017


More information:

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


See also:

Iran from the sky | Winter Iran from the sky | Above Turkey and Iran | From above: Iran and Turkey in winter


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A view from the top: Qatar

Qatar – a view from above.


Aug 1, 2013


See also:

A view from the top: Doha, Qatar | A view from the top: Doha, Qatar II | A view from the top: Doha, Qatar III

A view from the top: sunrise in Qatar


Qatar on 40thousandkm.com

A view from the top: Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar – a view from above.


Aug 1, 2013


See also:

A view from the top: Doha, Qatar II | A view from the top: Doha, Qatar III

A view from the top: Qatar | A view from the top: sunrise in Qatar


Qatar on 40thousandkm.com