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Iran’s Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio

May 8, 2016 4:09 pm
Lake Urmia by Yoosef Pooranvary. Own work. CC BY-SA 3.0

Lake Urmia by Yoosef Pooranvary. Own work. CC BY-SA 3.0

In one “regram,” American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has brought a flood of attention to Iran’s drying Lake Urmia.

Lake Urmia (sometimes spelled Orumyeh or Urmieh) has been an issue for Iranian environmentalists and water engineers for years. The lake was once the largest salt water lake in the Middle East. Poor water management, reckless infrastructure projects, and drought have combined to threaten the very existence of the lake.

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