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01/12/09

Flamingos in Mand Protected Region in Bushehr, Iran

Photos by Mohsen Halavee, ISNA

 

فلامينگو‌هاي منطقه‌ي حفاظت شده‌ي "مند" - بوشهر

 

The Mand River is 480 km long and occupies a basin of about 60,000 sq km. Its flow is reduced by a low snow cover (although there can be torrential spring flow), water seepage, evaporation and abstraction for irrigation purposes. Discharge has been estimated to range from 10-2025 cu m (Merchant and Ronaghy, 1976). It is also polluted near Kavar (2911'N, 5244'E) by sewage and agriculture residues and does dry up to a series of isolated pools there. A fish kill, numbering in the many thousands, occurred in the Mand near Shiraz in 1977 and was attributed to chemicals used in spraying against malarial mosquitoes. The people hired to spray village houses either dumped quantities of the chemical into the river to reduce their work load or washed out containers in the river (Coad, 1980c). Temperature range is at least 20C between winter and summer. The delta of the Mand is a Protected Area of 46,700 ha. There are thin oxbow lakes and associated marshes. (source: Brian W. Coad -www.briancoad.com)

 

Bushehr, population 165,377 (in 2005), is a city on the southwestern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. It is the chief seaport of the country and the administrative centre of Bushehr province. Its location is 28 59' N, 50 49' E, about 400 kilometres south of Tehran.
















 

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