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A look at Golestan province's internationally protected lagoons

Gorgan, Golestan prov, April 10, IRNA -- The complex of Golestan province internationally protected lagoons is located in the extensive Torkman Sahra plain near the common border of Iran and Turkmenistan in Dashli-Boroun district.

The lagoons are interspersed quite close to one another and they are located 62 kms from the provincial capital of Gorgan.

In the first meeting of International Aquatic and Migrant Birds Research Center held in Ramsar in 1971, which was attended by the environmental researchers and authorities, Alagol, Ajigol and Almagol lagoons in the area were declared internationally protected zones.

The climate of the lagoon area is typically Mediterranean and is characterized by warm dry summers and cool wet winters.

A Golestan natural environmentalist Ramezan-Ali Qaemi said that the annual rainfall in the lagoons stand at 200 mms, their relative humidity range between 26-100 percent and the evaporation level is 800 mms.

He noted that Almagol and Ajigol lagoons surface is mainly covered by plants and that Alagol plant coverage is less dense.

According to him, the branches and leaves of plants growing in the lagoons play a decisive role in food-supply cycle.

"Alagol lagoons serve as a special habitat for a great number of aquatic birds as well as the birds inhabiting the water banks. With the onset of the cold season migrants birds from the north arrive in the lagoons to spend half of the year," he added.

The environmentalist said that only one environmental watchtower exists at the edge of the provincial complex of international lagoons to guard the area, while the preservation of the water habitats and its surroundings requires more facilities and manpower.

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