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Photos: A Dry Karun River Dreams about Boats


Photos by Hadi Jafarzadeh, ISNA

Karun River passes through the city of Ahvaz in Iran's southwestern Khuzestan Province. Karun is another victim of drought and poor planning of the water resources feeding the river. These photos by ISNA photographer Hadi Jafarzadeh show parts of the river that have completely dried out.

Karun is Iran's most effluent, and the only navigable, river. It is 450 miles (720 km) long. It rises in the Zard Kuh mountains of the Bakhtiari district in the Zagros range, receiving many tributaries, such as the Dez and the Kuhrang, before passing through the capital of the Khuzestan province of Iran, the city of Ahvaz.

The city of Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan. It is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khuzestan Province. The city has an average elevation of 20 meters above sea level. The city had a population of 1,338,126 in 2006.

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