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Urmia Salt Lake
11-JAN-2010 Ali Majdfar

Urmia Salt Lake

Azerbaijan Province

The lake is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia, originally a Syriac name meaning city of water. Its ancient Persian name was Chichast (meaning, "glittering"--a reference to its glittering mineral particles suspended in the lake water and its shores). In the medieval times it came to be known as Lake Kabuda, or "azure," in Persian, (Gabod in Armenian).

The lake is marked by more than a hundred small rocky islands, which are stopover points in the migrations of various kinds of wild bird life (including flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, ibises, storks, shelducks, avocets, stilts, and gulls). The second largest island, Kaboudi, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan and the sacker of Baghdad.

By virtue of its high levels of salinity, the lake does not sustain any fish species. Nonetheless, Lake Urmia is considered to be one of the largest natural habitats of Artemia, which serve as food source for the migratory birds such flamingos. Most of the area of the lake is considered a national park.

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Milan Vogrin14-Jun-2010 06:56
Great view!
Carol Breton13-May-2010 04:58
This is so beautiful Ali! Great view! ~
January Grey09-May-2010 03:02
Wonderful view from the top! Beautiful shot, Ali. V~
laine07-May-2010 21:05
Like swirls of paint on a canvas...a great shot from up there!!
Ferenc Erdélyi21-Apr-2010 11:38
excellent shot.
Anna & Christian RECK02-Mar-2010 20:15
Fantastic aerian view! V. Anna
Margot W10-Feb-2010 23:36
I bet if I took the history of your country I wouldn't fall asleep in class.
alfredo camba jr.03-Feb-2010 11:14
Fantastic aerial shot! Simply beautiful! V
marko gregoric20-Jan-2010 21:36
Excellent image. V.
LynnH18-Jan-2010 21:37
So beautiful and blue!!! I love aerial shots and this one is very very nice!!!!
waterfalls man18-Jan-2010 03:44
Beautiful Shot V !!
Marcia Colelli18-Jan-2010 02:22
Nice perspective V
Wim Ensie17-Jan-2010 23:49
Wonderful picture Ali!
vatorman17-Jan-2010 20:37
Spectacular view of this near magical place.
Wenche Aune17-Jan-2010 19:47
Fantastic image. V
patou17-Jan-2010 18:19
Tres belle vue aerienne ( v )
Raymond Ma17-Jan-2010 05:24
Nice aerial view. The mineral saturation level is amazing! V
TuTmin17-Jan-2010 04:53
how wonderful !
Joel Escala17-Jan-2010 03:28
What a view! Majestic Ali. V
mario .n16-Jan-2010 21:16
Absolutely superb Ali !
Sam Rua16-Jan-2010 18:33
Nice window view, Ali.I haven't taken any shots with a DLSR but may have to try after seeing the detail in this image.
Lieve Snellings16-Jan-2010 17:51
FrankB16-Jan-2010 14:20
stunning shot of this geography!....V
marie-jose wolff16-Jan-2010 10:53
wonderful image, fantastic colors! V
slhoornstra16-Jan-2010 08:05
Magnificent, Ali!! BV
Ceya16-Jan-2010 08:02
Wonderful view, Ali! Great composition, lovely colours. V!
Paco López16-Jan-2010 06:28
Really beautiful and gret shot!!! V!
Cecil16-Jan-2010 04:03
Wow beautiful
Hank Vander Velde16-Jan-2010 02:07
Nice image and nice info Ali.
Gill Kopy16-Jan-2010 01:19
Fabulous shot V
Sofia Solomennikova15-Jan-2010 23:06
Really a very beautiful and glittering place, V
Patricia Kay15-Jan-2010 22:05
Stunning shot Ali....soooo beautiful...BV
Colin Storey15-Jan-2010 21:27
Fantastic image. v
Enny15-Jan-2010 20:31
wonderful view.
Larry Peterson15-Jan-2010 19:37
Beautiful aerial image, Ali. BV
Valene15-Jan-2010 18:52
Wonderful photo. I love the view! V
Sonja Ross15-Jan-2010 18:48
Really interesting to see and to read your comments.
Peter Stahl15-Jan-2010 18:48
A beautiful capture from a plane! ~
Blandine Mangin15-Jan-2010 17:31
superbe vue aérienne ! v
Ann Cleeves15-Jan-2010 16:24
What a wonderful image....looks like a shot from a spacecraft!
Gérard Koehl15-Jan-2010 16:23
Fantastique... V
pr_rajan15-Jan-2010 16:21
John Armstrong15-Jan-2010 15:44
Marvellous shot V
heather15-Jan-2010 15:37
Fabulous view!! V
Betty Vlasiu15-Jan-2010 15:32
Brilliant... super work. v
François Fauchard15-Jan-2010 15:30
A good shot of this Urmia Salt lake from a plane.
Stephanie15-Jan-2010 15:21
Are you in a plane? This is a magnificent shot! V.
veraferia15-Jan-2010 15:10
Fantastic view!
Deniz Kilinc15-Jan-2010 15:09
woowww salt mixing with sea looks amazing...
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