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Caspian, Van Water Transfer to Urmia Scientifically Unfeasible

Caspian, Van Water Transfer to Urmia Scientifically Unfeasible  Caspian, Van Water Transfer to Urmia Scientifically Unfeasible

Scientific studies have indicated that the transfer of water from the Caspian Sea and Turkey's Van Lake to Urmia Lake is not feasible due to differences in the chemical and biological qualities of the water bodies. The transfer schemes were proposed to help the troubled lake replenish as its sources of renewable water have decreased drastically. 
According to Masoud Tajrishi, an official with the Urmia Lake Restoration Program, the lake used to receive 8.7 billion cubic meters of water 20 years ago but today, only 500 million cm flow into it due to the expansion of nearby farmlands from 300,000 hectares to over 500,000 ha over the years. 
  Bio-Chemical Considerations  
"The case of the Caspian Sea was rejected as studies showed that the sulfated quality of the Caspian waters would reduce the lifespan of Urmia to 50 years," he said, DOE's news portal reported.
Waters of Turkey's Van Lake were proved to be capable of causing biological issues.  

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