TEHRAN — Zaribar Lake, a wetland situated in Marivan, western province of Kordestan, stands on the verge of dryness for some time now which is a growing threat to the ecosystem.
The lake has a length of 5 kilometers and a maximum width of 1.6 kilometers. The lake's water is fresh and has a maximum depth of 5.5 meters varying depending on the season.
The fresh water has made the lake a great habitat for various species of fish such as Caspian white fish, common carp, and barred sicklefish. Little grebe, black-headed gull, grey heron, gull, and pelicans are of the lake’s native bird species. The lake also play host to the birds wintering at the area such as coot, mallard, and common merganser.
Beaver, Indian wolf, rabbit, Wild boar, and red fox also inhabit in the area.
The lake is also a great tourist hub not only in the district of Kordestan but the whole country, however dumping domestic sewage water into the lake, digging wells illegally and climate change have had an adverse effect on the lake and its surroundings.Tehran Times / Abotaleb Nadri