Lake Urmia

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Lake Urmia is an endorheic salt lake in Iranian Azerbaijan, Iran and near Iran's border with Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan in Iran, and west of the southern portion of the Caspian Sea. At its full size, it was the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km2, 140 km long, 55 km wide, and 16 m deep. The lake has shrunk to 10% of its former size due to damming of the rivers that flow into it and pumping of groundwater from the area.

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


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