The best posts of 2017

That is the gallery of the best posts of 2017: the winners of each month and finally the top post of 2020 (based on number of likes)! Thank you for all the likes, comments and follows!


January 2017

Sandy (click to see the full post)


February 2017

Winter Iran from the sky (click to see the full post)

Iran from above

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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)


See also:

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


Iran on 40thousandkm.com