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Lakes Urmia and Van Admist Snowfall, Iran and Turkey

37.6N 45.4E

February 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Iran and Turkey - January 3rd, 2012

Two lakes near the border of Turkey (left) and Iran (right) are visible amidst the snow: Lake Van (left, in Turkey) and Lake Urmia (right, in Iran). Lake Urmia appears bright green, framed by white salt flats. It is  a salt lake with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km² (2,000 mile²) and measurements of 140 km (87 mi) in length, 55 km (34 mi) in width, and 16 m (52 ft) in depth.

Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country. Lake Van is one of the world’s largest endorheic lakes (having no outlet). Like Lake Urmia, it is a saline lake. It receives water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Although Lake Van is situated at an altitude of 1,640 m (5,380 ft) with harsh winters, it does not freeze due to its high salinity except occasionally the shallow northern section.

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