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Newsha Tavakolian

Lake Urmia is an enormous hypersaline inland lake in Iran that has been the victim of a slew of impacts. Evaporation from warming and the plundering of the lake’s waters for irrigation have meaned that between 1995 and 2013 the lake lost around 90% of its volume. Most of it is now a salty desert, and scientists fear the lake may disappear completely if critical water saving measures are not adopted.

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