Maharloo Lake

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Maharloo Lake
Maharloo lake Shiraz.JPG
Location south of Shiraz urban
Coordinates 29°28′N 52°48′E / 29.467°N 52.800°E / 29.467; 52.800Coordinates: 29°28′N 52°48′E / 29.467°N 52.800°E / 29.467; 52.800
Type Seasonal salt lake
Primary inflows Dry river, Soltanabad river (seasonal)
Basin countries Iran
Surface area 600 km2 (230 sq mi)
Max. depth ca. 100 m (330 ft)
Surface elevation 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Islands none
Settlements Shiraz

Maharloo Lake (Persian: دریاچه مهارلو‎‎), also known as Daryache-ye-Namak is a seasonal salt lake in the highlands of the area of Shiraz, Iran.[1] 27.0 km (16.8 mi) southeast of Shiraz, the lake salt is rich in potassium and other salts.

Rudkhane-ye-Khoshk, a seasonal river flowing through the city of Shiraz, brings most of the flood water to the lake bed during intensive precipitation events. The lake water typically evaporates by the end of summer and exposes the white lake bed. By mid-summer and due to high evaporation rates and salt concentrations, the lake water turns pinkish red as a result of the red tide within the lake.

Astronaut's photo of Maharloo Lake

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