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Water levels have risen in previously shrinking Lake Oroumiyeh

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Iranian Power Ministry has announced that water levels in Lake Oroumiyeh have risen since last September. The drying out of Lake Oroumiyeh, Iran's largest inland lake, has caused great concern in recent years.

Lake Oroumiyeh

ILNA reports that the water levels have increased by 24 centimetres since last September.

The ministry has not indicated the cause of this increase.

Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square). ( View Larger Map)

Concern for the disappearing lake has triggered widespread protests in Azerbaijan Province. While many concede that scant precipitation has been a major cause of receding water levels, others have cited the over-building of dams and unreasonable public policy as contributing factors.

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