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APTOPIX Mideast Iran Dying Lake
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APTOPIX Mideast Iran Dying Lake
In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 photo, the wreckage of a boat is stuck in the solidified salts and sands at Lake Oroumieh, northwestern Iran. Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more than 80 percent to 1,000 square kilometers (nearly 400 square miles) in the past decade. Experts fear the lake - famous in years past as a tourist spot and a favorite stopping point for migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls - could disappear within two years if nothing is done. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)