Heavy rainfall helped Lake Urmia recover • Earth.com

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran, which was once the second-largest saltwater lake in the Middle East.

After the 1970s, the lake basin shrunk by around 80 percent as a result of drought and high water demands. But now, recent torrential rains have replenished the water levels of the massive lake that once covered 2,000 square miles.

This image was captured in April 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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