Bakhtegan Lake

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Lake Bakhtegan
Bakhtegan Lake.JPG
Coordinates 29°21′55″N 53°50′19″E / 29.3654°N 53.8385°E / 29.3654; 53.8385Coordinates: 29°21′55″N 53°50′19″E / 29.3654°N 53.8385°E / 29.3654; 53.8385
Type salt lake
Primary inflows Kor River
Basin countries Iran
Surface area 3500 km²
Islands Menak Island

Lake Bakhtegan (Persian: دریاچۀ بختگان‎) is a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, about 160 km (99 mi) east of Shiraz and 15 km (9.3 mi) west of the town of Neyriz.

Bakhtegan, with a surface area of 3,500 square kilometres (1,400 sq mi), is Iran's second-largest lake. It is fed by the Kor River.[1] Several dams on the Kor River have significantly reduced waterflow into the lake, increasing its salinity and endangering the lake's populations of flamingos and other migratory birds.[1] Lake Bakhtegan is now completely dry due to the dams built on the Kor River by the Islamic regime.

from space, September 1992[2]
Lake Bakhtegan ( Lake Tashk immediately to the north, Lake Maharlou to the west), taken by crew of Discovery, mission STS-92, 22 October 2000


  1. ^ a b "Bakhtegan Ecology Alarming", Iran Daily, Aug. 9, 2007
  2. ^ "Salt Dome in the Zagros Mountains,Iran". NASA Earth Observatory. Retrieved 2006-04-27. 

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