Iran’s Lake Urmia – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is drying up fast

08 Aug 2010, Iran — Water has left the path to salt drifts, dry shrubs and abandoned piers. Lake Urmia, Iran. — The third largest salt water lake in the world is drying up fast, as experts fear another environmental disaster in the Aral Sea. Lake Urmia, Iran. July 2011. — Image by © Alessandro Marongiu / Demotix/Demotix/Corbis

08 Aug 2010, Iran — Water has left the path to salt drifts, dry shrubs and abandoned piers. Lake Urmia, Iran. — The third largest salt water lake in the world is drying up fast, as experts fear another environmental disaster in the Aral Sea. Lake Urmia, Iran. July 2011. — Image by © Alessandro Marongiu / Demotix/Demotix/Corbis

Lake Urmia: how Iran’s most famous lake is disappearing