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IRAN.NORTH WESTERN IRAN. ORUMIEH LAKE. 18/03/2011: A family walking on the pier in Sharafkhaneh port on dried Orumieh lake. People have to walk over 2 km to reach the water.This is the result of the fact that the Orumieh Lake in North Western Iran, the third largest saltwater lake on earth with a surface area of 5,200 square kilometers, is drying up.