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Photos: Mud bathing in Lake Urmia - Iran

Mud-bathing-in-Lake-Urmia-Iran-2972-iLake Urmia (a Syriac name meaning city of water),  is the third largest salt lake on earth located in northwestern Iran.

The lake’s salts are considered to have medical effects, especially as a cure for rheumatism. The main cations in the lake water include Na+, K+, Ca2+, Li+ and Mg2+, while Cl–, SO42–, HCO3– are the main anions. The Na+ and Cl– concentration is roughly 4 times the concentration of natural seawater.

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Photos: Lake Urmia-Iran, the third largest salt water lake on earth

Lake-Urmia-4-iThe lake (in northwestern Iran) is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia, originally a Syriac name meaning city of water.

Lake Urmia has 102 islands, the second largest island, Kaboudi, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan.

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