Photos by Majid Nouri, ISNA
In recent days, Meighan Wetland, located in Arak, Iran (map), has witnessed death
of many migrant geese that
seek refuge there every year. The cause of these deaths is unknown and is being
investigated by the environmental authorities.
Meighan desert is a unique ecosystem. One of the most important aspects of
this uniqueness is the Meighan wetland which has a high biodiversity. The
wetland is located 15 km north-east of Arak, and 1670 meters above sea level. It
is the most important home of migrant common cranes, Grus grus, in Iran, and
also eastern Mediterranean Sea due to the problems that they face in other
wetlands in Iran. There are more than 130 species of birds, including ducks,
flamingo, Larus minitus, gray crane, greylag goose, etc. The area of the wetland
changes from 10,000ha to 12,000ha depending on its water inputs.
At present, 73 plant species are recognized, most of them are halophytes due to the salinity of the area. 10 of them are verified by IUCN, two of them are endangered, and eight of them are vulnerable. The most important specie is a local plant, called Qarah-Daq. Its most important property is sand stabilization.
Related Info: Meighan Wetland facebook page
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