Environment Counts | Impact of water diversion on inland seas: Lake Orumiyeh
Author: Geoff Zeiss – Published At: 2011-11-12 23:22 – (1242 Reads)
Lake Orumiyeh is one of the world’s largest landlocked salt lakes with a surface area of 5,200 km2. These images only 13 years apart are an example of the dramatic changes that are affecting water bodies in Asia.
Lake Orumiyeh is in northeastern Iran. The images were taken in August 1998 and August 2011 and the shrinking of the lake is almost as striking as the Aral Sea. Some 60 streams and rivers feed Lake Orumiyeh. The shrinking has been attributed to population growth, diversion of rivers for agriculture, and climate change.