Aji Chay

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Aji Chay
Aji chay.jpg
Aji Chay bridge in northeast of Tabriz.
StateEast Azerbaijan
Physical characteristics
 - locationEast Azerbaijan, Iran
Length265 km (165 mi)
 - locationLake Urmia
 - maximum40.6 m3/s (1,430 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 - leftVaneq River, Saidabad River, Quri Chay
 - rightKomur River[1], Sian River

Aji Chay[2] (Azerbaijani: آجی چای Acı çay, Persian: تلخه رود‎) or Talkhe Rud is a river in Azerbaijan region of Iran. Most of it is in the East Azerbaijan Province.

Its water is alkali due to passing from the lands with high mineralization. It is the largest river that discharges into Lake Urmia. It arises above Sarab from the slopes of Mount Bozgush and Mount Sabalan. Its tributary, the sweet water Quri Chay, joins the Aji just north-east of central Tabriz.

The Iranian government has a project under development to put the water to agricultural use by altering the watercourse of the Talkheh-Roud away from the alkali lands. As part of this project, the Madani dam is being constructed on the Talkheh-Roud on the north-east side of Eynali mountain, which lies to the north-east of Tabriz.

The historic Aji Chay Bridge over the river, on the old Tabriz road to Marand, is just outside Tabriz and east of the Tabriz International Airport.[3]

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  1. ^ NJ 38-7 Tabriz, Iran; Azerbaijan; Armenia Iran, Series 1501, Joint Operations Graphic (Air) 1:250,000, U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The Komur enters the Aji Chay just north of Tabriz, and just before the Sian Chay enters the Aji Chay. Komūr Chāy (BGN Standard) at GEOnet Names Server
  2. ^ Ehlers, E. (July 29, 2011). "ĀJĪ ČĀY". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "East Azerbaijan Tourism Organization, Talkheh-Roud Bridge (in Persian)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-09-29.

Coordinates: 37°45′N 45°42′E / 37.750°N 45.700°E / 37.750; 45.700