Photos by Mohammad Reza Abbasi, Mehr News Agency
SARI, Mazandaran Province, April 16 (Mehr News Agency) - The project to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the central region of Iran started on Monday in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The initial checks of the project consist of determining the optimum route to transfer water through pipe lines from the south coast of the Caspian Sea to the central region of the country.
Based on the initial plans of the project, the construction of a factory to distill the sea water to fresh water with annual capacity of 200 million cubic meters is on the agenda.
Ahmadinejad also said a similar plan is under study to transfer water from the Persian Gulf to the south region of Iran.
The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea. The sea has a surface area of 371,000 km2 and a volume of 78,200 km3. It is in an endorheic basin (it has no outflows) and is bounded to the north by Russia, to the south by Iran, western Azerbaijan, and eastern Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
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