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World largest seasonal salt lake (photos)

World largest seasonal salt lake (photos)

(Persia Digest) – The world’s largest seasonal salt lake is a 40km drive from the east of Khor and Biabanak, and 400kms to the east of Isfahan. It attracts over 50 thousand tourists every year.

The lake has a surface area of 2000kms. Its salt crust has an average thickness of six meters. Honeycomb shapes have formed over its surface due to capillary pressures. A combination of big temperature differences between night and day, high evaporation rates, low precipitation, and layers of clay have created cracks in the river bed.

The hot, dry climate in Khor and Biabanak means precipitation levels in this lake has a median of 20mm/year. The hottest temperatures reach 55 degrees centigrade during the day and 25 degrees centigrade at night. During the precipitation season, rainwater and floodwater from the surrounding areas pour into the lake and cover most of it. The incoming water is saturated with salt from the desert and evaporation begins with the heat of the day, leaving behind a salt crust in the lake.

 

Photos: Ahmad Balbasi/Vahed Markazi Khabar

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