About the photograph: A view of abandoned villas in the coastal village of “Sheikh-Wali" located in the northeast of salt Lake Urmia in the northwest of Iran. The village used to be one of the heavily travelled tourist places around the lake. Lake Urmia (also spelt Oromieh)was once the largest lake in the Middle East and the second-largest salt lake on the planet. Salt lake Urmia remains a UNESCO biosphere reserve. However, the lake has lost 88% of its area and 80% of its volume since 1972 due to increasing temperatures and water mismanagement. As the lake dried, the lands surrounding it lost value, creating significant financial problems for families. Locals in this village visit the grave of their family members every Thursday.2015
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