Published on 14th June 2017

Our lake

  • This picture shows Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia

  • wooden hotel was built near Sharafkhaneh port of Lake Urmia, but it never hosted any guests Because Lake was dried out before its completion.

  • Sharafkhane port is one of Lake Urmia's ports. The port is in the suburbs of Shabestar in East Azarbaijan province. It is 20 km from Shabestar and 110 km from Tabriz, East Azarbaijan. As the lake started to dry up these ports have lost their function over time

  • Bari recreational complex is useless and empty .
    Bari Tourist Resort is a sports, therapy, accommodation, Food Service, Tours, and Gathering resort built on the uniquely beautiful shores of Lake Urmia. The resort is situated 40km off Urmia en route to Salmas in a geographical region of the country which boasts of great weather and an amazing variety of natural sceneries.

  • Bari recreational complex is useless and empty .
    Bari Tourist Resort is a sports, therapy, accommodation, Food Service, Tours, and Gathering resort built on the uniquely beautiful shores of Lake Urmia. The resort is situated 40km off Urmia en route to Salmas in a geographical region of the country which boasts of great weather and an amazing variety of natural sceneries.

  • An unfinished restaurant at Rahmanlou

  • A large part of the lake has dried up. When the wind blows, it causes salt storms. The wind carries the salt particles kilometers away. These salt winds damage the surrounding farms. Moreover, it causes respiratory illnesses among the local residents.

  • Aerial Photos near Kalantari bridge

  • Bari recreational complex is useless and empty .
    Bari Tourist Resort is a sports, therapy, accommodation, Food Service, Tours, and Gathering resort built on the uniquely beautiful shores of Lake Urmia. The resort is situated 40km off Urmia en route to Salmas in a geographical region of the country which boasts of great weather and an amazing variety of natural sceneries.

  • Bari Waterfront 2016

  • he salty waters of Iran’s Lake Urmia recently morphed from a deep green to a rich red, likely due to algae and bacteria blooms. Picture of Lake Urmia
    A family of bacteria called Halobacteriaceae may also play a role: These salt-loving organisms use a red pigment to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy, so large amounts of them in the water may be contributing to the ruddy hue.

  • A large part of the lake has dried up. When the wind blows, it causes salt storms. The wind carries the salt particles kilometers away. These salt winds damage the surrounding farms. Moreover, it causes respiratory illnesses among the local residents.

  • Mehdi Hamidi, 33 years old activist from Tabriz, is sentenced to 15 months in prison because of his activities to protest against the drought of Lake Urmia.
    After serving his sentence, he returned to study Sociology in Tabriz University.
    Lake Urmia has been a sensitive subject in Iranian politics for years. As recently as 2011, environmental protestors were jailed en masse for drawing attention to the catastrophic situation. This project is the result of a collective undertaking of Iranian photographers who hope to raise awareness about this tragic story.

  • Sharafkhane port is one of Lake Urmia's ports. The port is in the suburbs of Shabestar in East Azarbaijan province. It is 20 km from Shabestar and 110 km from Tabriz, East Azarbaijan. As the lake started to dry up these ports have lost their function over time

  • ‘I am Lake Urmia’: a social media campaign takes on the environment in Iran The “I am Lake Urmia” hashtag (من_دریاچه_ارومیه_هستم#) is slowly trending across social media platforms.

  • Qalqachiprimary school, they remaining 8 students are all taught in one class room. Many villages are emptying out now that the lake has largely dried up

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