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Urmia's Salt Particles Well Under Control

ULRP’s stabilization techniques have reduced the risk of salt storms in Urmia Lake’s surrounding regions
A portion of ULRP's budget for this year  has been earmarked to  fund an educational  scheme at local schoolsA portion of ULRP's budget for this year  has been earmarked to  fund an educational  scheme at local schools

Through water transfer and shrub planting projects, the Urmia Lake Restoration Project has managed to control and settle down 70% of salt particles on the lake's bed, according to the provincial director of ULRP at West Azarbaijan Province. 
"The particles emanating from salt flats of Urmia, mainly spread across East Azarbaijan Province, are different from dust particles and will immediately destroy the vegetation when dispersed," Farhad Sarkhosh said. 
The ULRP along with the provincial offices of the Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization is responsible for identifying the hotspots and implement anti-desertification plans to stabilize the particles. 
A salt lake or saline lake is a landlocked body of water with significantly high concentration (minimum three grams per liter) of salts and other dissolved minerals. 
Desiccation of saline lakes will leave dry patches also called playa or salt flat which will cause salt storms as winds sweep over them. The clouds of airborne salt pose serious health hazards to the surrounding areas. When inhaled, the minerals might cause throat or lung cancer, infant mortality, decreased life expectancy and birth defects.
 

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