Iran's Dead Sea Is Blood Red - and It's Disappearing

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This picture taken on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, shows an Iranian spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran. Hopes for survival of Urmia salt lake have been revived after more rains boosted a government program aimed at preserving the almost dried up water body.
An Iranian spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
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The salty waters of Lake Urmia, originally an Assyrian name meaning "puddle of water," have been steadily shrinking for decades. As a result, the salinity of the water increases, causing a certain type of algae to multiply and give the water a reddish color. The lake, along with over 100 islands, is protected as a national park and attracts local visitors as well as those from neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 25, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians lying beside Urmia Lake with their bodies covered with mud near Urmia, northwestern Iran, Aug. 27, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
An Iranian spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 25, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, northwestern Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Two Iranians covering their bodies with mud near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 27, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
An Iranian swimming in Urmia Lake near Urmia, northwestern Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 25, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spend time beside Urmia Lake with their bodies covered with mud near Urmia, north-western Iran, Aug. 27, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians lying beside Urmia Lake with their bodies covered with salt near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
Iranians spending time in Urmia Lake near Urmia, North-western Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP
An Iranian swimming in Urmia Lake near Urmia, northwestern Iran, Aug. 26, 2016.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi, AP

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